No matter the outcome, it was going to be a special night for Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier.
He was playing his first NHL game at the Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens, the team he grew up idolizing from his native Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. His teammates started off the night by messing with him, letting Beauvillier out on the ice for warmups all by himself.
And then the 19-year-old rookie made his dad cry.
Beauvillier beat Canadiens goalie Carey Price for his sixth goal of the season and give the Islanders a 1-0 lead on Thursday night. The Islanders went on to win 3-0.
With plenty of friends and family in attendance, the cameras caught Beauvillier's father, clad in an Islanders cap and holding his son's jersey, wiping away tears. And who could blame him?
All around, a big night for the rookie.