Montreal Canadiens: Looking back at first goals in a Habs uniform

MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 14: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens, celebrates with teammate Josh Gorges #26, after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils in the first period during the NHL game on January 14, 2014 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 14: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens, celebrates with teammate Josh Gorges #26, after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils in the first period during the NHL game on January 14, 2014 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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MONTREAL, QC – OCTOBER 14: (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Michael McCarron

After making his pro debut with the St Johns Ice Caps, Micahel McCarron was called up to play 20 games with the Habs at the end of the 2015-16 season. At that point, the sky was almost the limit for the 2013 first-round pick who had good enough size to have an impact in an NHL roster. A part of that could’ve possibly come from net-front presences which depict how McCarron scored his first goal.

The Habs were down 4-0 to the Flames and in dire need of a response. A wrist shot going wide from Beaulieu was deflected in front past Niklas Backstrom to end the possibility of a shutout.

Jonathan Drouin

There was no other player who Habs fans were looking more forward to see play last season than Jonathan Drouin. He had technically already scored as he got the shootout winner against the Buffalo Sabres in the season opener, but his first in-game goal came against the Leafs. It was nice work by Karl Alzner to keep the puck in the zone making a quick move by Tyler Bozak followed by a slap pass on net intended for a deflection in front and Drouin was there to finish it off.

Karl Alzner

While we’re talking about him, Alzner added to the team’s goal total this year as well (be it only once). A shot from the left circle deflected off Troy Stecher‘s stick beating Anders Nilsson five-hole.