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Ferraro, Kellman Score Their Firsts In Same Game

by Missy Zielinski /

It only happens once…or does it?

Well yes, it does, but in this case, we got two see a first happen twice.

Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro and forward Joel Kellman both scored their first NHL goals Saturday night in back-to-back occurrences against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Ferraro took the honors first, scoring midway through frame one as he skated down the slot and was fed a back-handed pass from Barclay Goodrow to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Right down the slot and he's got his first goal of the szn. 🚨Mario Ferraro | #SJSharks

The 21-year-old surprised many by making the team right out of training camp in September and has been a welcomed addition to San Jose's blue line. His infectious personality and smile have also made him popular with his Sharks teammates.

"I feel amazing, it was unbelievable," he said. "I'm more proud because of how genuine and how kind my teammates and staff were, congratulating me. It's something really special, coming into the room after the game and all the guys are saying 'congratulations.'"

Then just minutes into the second stanza, Kellman took advantage of a mini breakaway and flipped a backhander past Flyers goaltender Carter Hart to extend the Sharks lead to 2-0.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Another first NHL goal? ANOTHER first NHL goal! Joel Kellman makes it 2-0.#SJSharks

"When you get the opportunity, you have to take it," the native of Karlskrona, Sweden, said. "I'm going to remember this moment for the rest of my life."

Kellman's tally would eventually stand as the game-winner.

With San Jose's struggles as of late, the rookies' tallies brought a surge of life to Team Teal when they needed it most.

"It's about the team success," Ferraro said. "That's what makes it feel good is that I helped the team win today."

It's a response that you just love to hear.

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