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Bryan Bickell scores on last NHL shot in shootout

Retiring after multiple sclerosis diagnosis, Hurricanes forward makes a lasting memory @NHLdotcom

Bickell nets SO goal in last game

CAR@PHI: Bickell tallies SO goal in his final game

Bryan Bickell sends a snapper to beat Anthony Stolarz glove side in the shootout, and celebrates with his team in the final game of his career

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Bryan Bickell made his last shot count, and everyone heard it.

The Carolina Hurricanes forward, who announced his retirement effective after Sunday's season finale after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, seized the opportunity to make an unforgettable memory when he was selected as the first player to participate in the shootout against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tweet from @bbicks29: Thanks to @NHLCanes @NHLBlackhawks for letting a kid from Orono Ont live this hockey dreams and 2 all the people that helped me get there.

Bickell, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, charged down the ice and shot a rocket off the inside of the right post behind Flyers goalie Anthony Stolarz, which deflected up and into the twine on the top left side. It was his first career shootout goal and it helped the Hurricanes to a 4-3 victory.

"It does feel good when you think about it. It was special. First time I lifted the Cup was in Philly. To end it here was nice," Bickell said. "Kind of think of all the memories and all the support and people that helped, it's really a moment that rushes in at once. I'm just happy to have them support me, believe in me and let me do what I love."

The sound rang through the arena and a smiling Bickell was mobbed by his cheering teammates on his way back to the bench.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: #ChopWoodCarryWater, @bbicks29!Team awards go to Bicks after he scored a shootout goal in the #Caneswin. #BickellBrave


"That's the way its supposed to go, right?" Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "He's got a great shot. This guy can shoot a puck. He went in and does what he does."

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