ST. LOUIS - Unbelievable.
That’s the only word Blues forward Ty Rattie could think of to describe his first NHL goal.
The funny thing was, Rattie probably dreamed of this moment since his childhood, and it wasn’t the forehand, backhand, deke-the-goalie-out-of-the-crease goal he envisioned. Instead, Rattie was parked in front of the net when Kevin Shattenkirk’s blast hit him in the thumb before going past Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid.
“I had a big smile on my face,” Rattie said after the game. “Even the next shift I had a smile on my face. It’s an indescribable feeling, and maybe not the way I drew it up, but I’ll take it.”
The worst part for Rattie was the next two minutes, when the Devils challenged whether he had committed goaltender interference. Imagine waiting years for your first NHL goal, only to think they might take it away.
“It was tough,” Rattie said. “I was sitting by (David Backes) and he knows a thing or two about scoring goals in front of the net. I asked him if I did anything wrong and he said ‘no, it looked like a good goal to me.’ I was lucky enough that upstairs thought it was a good goal.
“(It was) an indescribable feeling after that.”