Saturday, December 10, 2011

Justin Faulk Gets First NHL Goal; Stapleton and Garrison Also Score

It wasn't a great night for former UMD players Justin Faulk and Jason Garrison in terms of final scores and team results. Tim Stapleton might disagree.

Faulk's Carolina Hurricanes fell 4-2 at Stapleton's Winnipeg Jets Friday, while Garrison and the Florida Panthers lost 2-1 in a shootout at Buffalo.

However, both blue-liners tallied goals for their respective teams. Stapleton got one for the Jets, too, on a pretty good night for the one-time Bulldog stars in the NHL.

For Faulk, a 19-year-old rookie who made the Hurricanes out of training camp and then spent some time in the AHL before returning, Friday was his first NHL goal. Stapleton was credited with the game-winning goal -- his third of the season -- in the second period. Stapleton's goal comes on this video at around the 1:50 mark, while Faulk's is just past the 3:00 mark.

Garrison, meanwhile, leads all NHL defensemen with nine goals after his power-play goal in Friday's game. It comes at around the 1:50 mark of the highlight video.

The Panthers lead the NHL's Southeast Division, off to probably the most surprising start of any team in the NHL this season.

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