It’s the moment that every player dreams about time and time again from a young age: Scoring their first NHL goal and hearing the crowd swell with cheers around them. For Bruins rookies Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy, this accomplishment did not take very long.

The two youngsters helped carry the Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators opening night of the 2017-2018 season at the Garden.

DeBrusk, who was drafted 14th overall in the 2015 Entry Level draft, made his presence known at 5:48 of the second in a rush up the ice with David Krejci. DeBrusk found the puck on his stick after a neat tip by Krejci and scored.

All in all, it was a pretty special moment for DeBrusk and his family. Camera’s caught former NHLer and father of Jake, Louie DeBrusk overcome with emotion surrounded by his family in the stands as he wiped away tears of joy watching his son celebrate the tally. It was a memory to cherish.

After the draft, it wasn’t an easy road to the NHL for DeBrusk. DeBrusk failed a conditioning test after playing for a season in the WHL for the Swift Current Broncos. He found himself sidelined with an injury for several weeks unable to play. The left winger refused to quit on his dreams and focused on his goal. In Providence last season, he tallied 49 points.

In preseason he went pointless, but still was deemed worthy of a roster spot by Coach Bruce Cassidy.

Charlie McAvoy joined company with DeBrusk as he also notched his first NHL goal tonight and gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead in the second.

The Boston University product broke away from his usual spot on defense to fly up the ice. Krejci’s pass found McAvoy, and he scored on transition. It was just McAvoy’s seventh game in his young NHL career.

The goals marked the first time two Bruins rookies scored their first NHL goals in their first games on the same night since Zellio Toppazzini and Dave Creighton did it on February 13, 1949 according to Elias Sports.

If this first game of the season is any indication for DeBrusk and McAvoy, it shows just how much the rookies will be counted on in the lineup this season. Cassidy has put much trust into the young guns and time will tell if they will be able to live up to the expectations.


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