Nate Schmidt Scores First NHL Goal, Not Pied (GIF)

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Schmidt happily poses with his milestone puck. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)

It took 25 games but, you guys, it finally happened: Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt scored his first NHL goal. It took the Minnesota-native 7 games to get his first NHL point and another 18 to record hit the back of the net.

It was a beauty.

After working hard down low, Martin Erat emerged from the fray to set up Schmidt with a beautiful saucer pass. Schmidt wound up and beat Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec to the far post.

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Schmidt was very excited as he returned to the bench, enjoying congratulations with Caps’ first-line center Nicklas Backstrom.

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GIFs by welshhockeyfan

After the game, Schmidt posed with his puck, and District Sports Page’s Katie Brown reported that Schmidt swiveled so that everyone could get a good picture.

Unfortunately, Schmidt was not pied. Alex Ovechkin owes us like 10,000 pageviews.

  • themav80

    While watching Nicky and Schmitty on the bench….

    “Now kiss…”

  • dylan wheatley

    i like schmidt.

  • Matt Lauer

    agreed.

  • binky4norris

    Yeah, he’s a solid young dman but I’m very skeptical about him getting top 4 minutes in the playoffs, if and when that happens. We’ll see.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Yup. He looks like he should be a solid player in the future if he keeps improving like he has, but he probably should not even be in the NHL right now. And that is very weird to say because he’s starting to play pretty good and just scored his first NHL goal. I am a poopy.

  • binky4norris

    You’re a poopy but an honest poopy.

  • Myan

    Uh oh, Ovi playing favorites with the RC!

  • Fedor

    Latta wasn’t pied either. I’m a little concerned…

  • Jordan

    Does anybody know where you can get the same style sweatshirt that Schmidt is wearing in that pic?