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Blichfeld, Barabanov Score First Career Goals in Back-to-Back Games

Korenar Also Picks Up First NHL Win

by Missy Zielinski / sjsharks.com

We're going back to back....with a pair of first career NHL goals!

Forward Joachim Blichfeld came up with an unassisted goal in the final frame of the contest on April 24, followed by forward Alexander Barabanov on April 26, who netted his first in his Sharks debut.

Blichfeld spent more than a month-long stint with the San Jose Barracuda where he registered 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 19 games before returning to Team Teal's roster

He quickly got to work by scoring the third straight goal for the Sharks at 6:06 of the third period. And what a goal it was.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Welcome to the club!Congrats on your first NHL goal @joachimblich 👏 pic.twitter.com/r2J8WBOQqM

Teammate Noah Gregor fought to keep the puck in the zone, as Blichfeld then picked it up and glided past the Wild where he finished the play with a wrister on goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen's shortside.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: His first in the show! Congrats @joachimblich! 👏 pic.twitter.com/7qwzYuNSRd

Barabanov followed Blichfeld's performance with another milestone goal in his first game for the Sharks just two days later.

Evander Kane missed the net on his first attempt but was able to get the puck back in front of the net, where Barabanov was in a perfect position to send it past netminder Adin Hill at 11:17 of the third period.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: It's #SJSharks official when @sharkvoice calls your first NHL goal.Congrats, Alexander Barabanov! pic.twitter.com/C4hFPijDA2

The goal eventually stood as the game-winner with the Sharks completing a 6-4 success against the Arizona Coyotes.

In the win, Sharks goalie Josef Korenar recorded his first career NHL win.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: The man with his first NHL win and now the youngest goalie in team history to record a win!!Congrats, @pepakoren 👏 pic.twitter.com/MCVa9nJG7r

The 23-year-old from Pelhrimov, Czech Republic also became the youngest goaltender in Sharks history to register a win.

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