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Geekie's family joins postgame interview after forward's NHL debut

Carolina prospect scored twice, had three points in 6-2 win against Penguins

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Geekie's productive NHL debut

CAR@PIT: Geekie collects three points in NHL debut

Morgan Geekie makes an immediate impact in his NHL debut, scoring two goals and adding an assist in the Hurricanes' 6-2 win

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Look out NHL, here comes the Geek Squad.

Morgan Geekie had an unforgettable debut for the Carolina Hurricanes -- two goals and an assist in a 6-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday -- and perhaps a more unforgettable postgame interview, which featured his entire family.

The whole fam was there for a television interview, where his dad, Craig, delivered the puck from his son's first NHL goal.

Tweet from @Canes: Morgan Geekie did a family interview after his 2-goal @NHL debut 😇

Craig, his wife Tobi, brothers Connor and Noah, and Morgan's girlfriend, Emma, made the trip from Strathclair, Manitoba, to Pittsburgh after the 21-year-old forward was called up from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Saturday. 

"I called my parents and my girlfriend right away. Said, 'Come on down. I got called up,'" Geekie said. "They kind of made it work. Fit it into their schedule. I'm glad they could be here tonight."

Geekie's first goal came on his initial NHL shot, and he became the first Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers player since Dan Bourbonnais in 1981 (with Hartford) to have a three-point game in his NHL debut. 

"It was a crazy 24 hours," Craig told Fox Sports Carolinas. "We just relished it. I thought the whole team played real well, and obviously [Geekie] put a couple points together, which was great, and we're thoroughly excited. You couldn't have scripted it better for his first tilt."

Morgan was named the First Star of the game, and earned a rousing ovation from his teammates in the dressing room -- as well as a shoutout from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Tweet from @Canes: "Where's the kid?" 😏

Tweet from @RoyCooperNC: I asked for it. I got it. Big @Canes weekend. Four points. Freekie for Geekie. Independent Correspondent Wes Crosby contributed to this report

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