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Putting Neal's Performance In Historical Perspective

James Neal became the first player in 25 years to score an expansion team's first two goals

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Whenever there's a new NHL team, somebody has to score the first goal. Although it's pretty uncommon what Golden Knights wing James Neal did last night.

Scoring Vegas' first two goals - to tie and win the game in the third period - in the team's 2-1 win in Dallas, Neal became the first player since Chris Kontos of the Tampa Bay Lightning to score an expansion team's first two goals.

While researching this, we came up with a list of all the players to score a team's first goal since the 1967 expansion of the league from six to 12 teams.

It was a fun stroll down memory lane for us, so we figured we'd share with you, in chronological order.

Video: James Neal is congratulated after scoring GWG Friday

 

California Seals: Kent Douglas (1967-68)
Los Angeles Kings: Brian Kilrea (1867-68)
Minnesota North Stars: Bill Masterton (1967-68)
Philadelphia Flyers: Bill Sutherland (1967-68)
Pittsburgh Penguins: Andy Bathgate (1967-68)
St. Louis Blues: Larry Keenan (1967-68)
Buffalo Sabres: Jim Watson (1970-71)
Vancouver Canucks: Barry Wilkins (1970-71)
Atlanta Flames: Morris Stefani (1972-73)
New York Islanders: Ed Westfall (1972-73)
Kansas City Scouts: Simon Nolet (1974-75)
Washington Capitals: Jim Hrycuik (1974-75)
Edmonton Oilers: Kevin Lowe (1979-80)
Hartford Whalers: Gordie Roberts (1979-80)
Quebec Nordiques: Real Cloutier (1979-80)
Winnipeg Jets: Morris Lukowich (1979-80)
San Jose Sharks: Craig Coxe (1991-92)
Ottawa Senators: Neil Brady (1991-92)
Tampa Bay Lightning: Chris Kontos (1992-93)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim: Sean Hill (1993-94)
Florida Panthers: Scott Mellanby (1993-94)
Nashville Predators: Andrew Brunette (1998-99)
Atlanta Thrashers: Kelly Buchberger (1999-00)
Columbus Blue Jackets: Bruce Gardiner (2000-01)
Minnesota Wild: Marian Gaborik (2000-01)

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