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Danton Heinen Scores First Goal of NHL Season, Brian Boyle Scores 2nd



Pittsburgh Penguins, Danton Heinen goal

The Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period of the first game of the 2021-22 NHL season. It was also the first game on ESPN in two decades.

However, the Penguins did not score in the opening period.

The first goal of the NHL season waited until 12 seconds into the second period. Big Jeff Carter swiped a puck from Tampa Bay goalie Andre Vasilevskiy.


A few minutes after Heinen scored the first goal of the Pittsburgh Penguins and NHL season, Brian Boyle scored his first goal in nearly two years. He last scored a regular-season goal on Jan. 16, 2020, as a member of the Florida Panthers.


The Penguins officially signed Boyle, 36, on Tuesday after he attended training camp on a PTO. By the final week of camp, Boyle had asserted himself as the “winner” of the competition for the vacant fourth-line center position.

Rookie Drew O’Connor began the play at center ice, and Sam Lafferty made a sweet saucer pass through traffic to Boyle in the left-wing circle.

The Penguins led the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0 after two periods, and outshot the Lightning 14-7 in the first period after Tamp a Bay lifted their 2020-21 Stanley Cup banner.


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7 months ago

I don’t know how hockey experts view this, because I’m not one, but I’m watching exactly what I was expecting.

Bill Zabelsky
Bill Zabelsky
7 months ago

Worst announcers ever! 🤬

Ujn Hunter
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill Zabelsky

Thankfully we could barely hear them! ESPN broadcast, sad attempt at clip art graphics presentation, horrible camera angles, and terrible dinosaur “analysts” were a joke to be honest. I don’t know what anyone was expecting from ESPN though…

William Maloni
William Maloni
7 months ago

Break up the Penguins!

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