On Thursday, March 2, rookie forward Marcus Sorensen scored his first career National Hockey League goal at home against the Vancouver Canucks. The 24-year-old was playing in his fourth career NHL game.
Sorensen played on a line with Joel Ward and Tomas Hertl, one that was wreaking havoc throughout the game. The play began with that trio establishing a cycle in the offensive zone. Ward took the puck off the wall and did a short pass to Hertl. Hertl pulled the puck, then passed to Sorensen who was skating through the slot.
Sorensen kicked the puck to his stick, then shot the puck towards the net, deflecting off of Canucks defender Alexander Edler.
Video: VAN@SJS: Sorensen slots home first career goal
He joins fellow rookie Timo Meier with his first NHL goal also serving as the game winner.
Marcus Sorensen was originally the 106th overall pick (fourth round) of the 2010 draft by the Ottawa Senators, but did not sign with the club. He spent the next six seasons in the Swedish Hockey League, mostly with Djurgårdens, where he scored 33 goals and 35 assists in 105 games.
After a campaign that saw Sorensen score 34 points in 47 games, the Sharks signed him to a one year deal. Marcus Sorensen has spent most of the season adjusting to the smaller North American ice down in the American Hockey League with the San Jose Barracuda, scoring 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points in 43 games.
This was his second recall this season, having earned his first NHL point in his first recall.