NHL: Schroeder Nets First Two NHL Goals in Canucks' Win

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We've been following Jordan Schroeder's first year in the NHL very closely -- catching his first career game, his first point in the NHL and even his shootout winner earlier this year. Last night, the former Gopher officially tallied his first NHL goal (and then added another) in Vancouver's 5-1 win over Calgary. 

Here's Schroeders' first NHL goal -- the eventual game winner on Saturday night for the Canucks: 

Schroeder and former Gopher defenseman Keith Ballard both finished the game as plus-ones for the Canucks. 

"It kind of feels like a weight off your shoulders because you want to get that first one so bad," Schroeder said after the game. "And to be able to get two in one night, it's always good." 

Speaking of the second goal: 

Gopher to Gopher Connection

Former Gophers Thomas Vanek and Jordan Leopold hooked up on Buffalo's first goal in a 3-2 win over Kyle Okposo and the New York Islanders. Leopold earned the second assist on the goal -- Vanek's NHL-best 11th of the season. 

Vanek would later add an assist for the Sabres, giving the NHL's leading scorer 23 points this season. 

Kessel Notches Three Points in Toronto Win

Phil Kessel rifled a goal home and picked up two assists as the Maple Leafs blanked Montreal 6-0 on Saturday night. Kessel has two goals and eight assists in 12 games this season including this lovely wrister. 

*Paul Martin logged a game-high 28:49 of ice time for the Penguins in the team's 3-1 loss to New Jersey. 

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