Skip to main content
Short Shifts

Kakko gets congratulations for first NHL goal from Selanne, Tikkanen

Fellow Finns send well-wishes on Twitter after Rangers rookie scores against Oilers

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Kakko scores first NHL goal

EDM@NYR: Kakko uses slick move to net first NHL goal

Kaapo Kakko dekes to his backhand and flips a shot over Mike Smith's outstretched leg to score the first goal of his NHL career

  • 00:50 •

Kaapo Kakko scored his first NHL goal, and two Finnish hockey legends couldn't be prouder.

Teemu Selanne and Esa Tikkanen, two former NHL forwards who hail from Kakko's home country, sent congratulations to the rookie after his first NHL goal on Saturday.

Tweet from @tikitalk10: Atta boy Kaapo Kakko! We have all waited your first as a Ranger and what a beauty it was 💪💪💪 Many more to come! #NHL

Kakko, the second pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, fired up New York Rangers fans at Madison Square Garden by breaking the ice with a sneaky backhand shot past Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith.

Tweet from @NYRangers: Try not to get chills listening to this. pic.twitter.com/58KCQ9w9Nx

Selanne is the highest-scoring Finnish player in NHL history and won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Tikkanen ranks seventh in points among Finns and won five Stanley Cup championships with the Oilers (four) and Rangers (one).

They weren't the only hockey luminaries of Scandinavian descent to weigh in on the goal.

"It was a nice one," said Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, a Swede. "I'm happy for him. It's still early, so it's going to come, a lot of those for him, but it's nice to see him get rewarded. He's playing really well."

Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for the Rangers, who lost 4-1.

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.