On Monday, October 23, rookie defenseman Tim Heed scored his first National Hockey League goal against the New York Rangers. It was the seventh NHL game for the 26-year-old Swede, who had appeared in one NHL game last season.
Video: SJS@NYR: Heed buries first NHL goal from sharp angle
Heed brought the puck through the neutral zone, leading the attack into the offensive zone midway through the first period. Bringing the puck down the right side of the rink, Heed ripped a sharp angle shot on net from the bottom of the face-off circle.
Somehow, the shot squeaked through his fellow countryman Henrik Lundqvist, giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead and Heed his first NHL goal. The goal ended up being the game-winner, as the Sharks beat the Rangers 4-1.
Heed's goal was also the first time a Swedish player has scored their first goal on Henrik Lundqvist.
Tim Heed was originally a fifth round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2010, but never played with the team. He signed with the Sharks prior to the 2016-17 season, and spent all but one game in the AHL, scoring 56 points in 55 games (and 10 points in 15 playoff games) with the San Jose Barracuda.
After his season with the Barracuda and a strong training camp, Heed made the Sharks roster to start the season.