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Penguins' Sundqvist lucks out in scoring first NHL goal

The Pittsburgh Penguins rookie center was the beneficiary of a terrible turnover by New York Islanders goaltender Jean-Francois Berube, which allowed him to net his first NHL goal in a 5-0 win on Saturday afternoon.
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At least Oskar Sundqvist can tell his grand kids one day it was a nice shot. As for the other aspects, well, he might want to fib a little.

The Pittsburgh Penguins rookie center was the beneficiary of a terrible turnover by New York Islanders goaltender Jean-Francois Berube, which allowed him to net his first NHL goal in a 5-0 win on Saturday afternoon.

Berube and defenseman Nick Leddy got their wires crossed up and the netminder feathered a pass up the middle of the ice. Sundqvist snatched up the loose puck and beat Berube with a quick wrist shot before he could get his bearings in the net.

He's surely grateful for the gift. Congrats to Oskar Sundqvist on his first in the League! #NHLFirstshttps://t.co/I36vXIIjfc

— NHL (@NHL) April 2, 2016

The goal, at 12:41 of the first period, came shorthanded. It also turned out to be the winning goal, another first for Sundqvist – a third-round pick (81st overall) by the Penguins in 2012 – who was playing his 14th NHL game. The 22-year-old Swede also has two assists in the league.

The victory was a key one for the Penguins, who were playing without goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury because of a concussion and center Evgeni Malkin (knee). They cliniched a playoff spot and moved three points ahead of the New York Rangers for second place in the Atlantic Division and five in front of the Islanders for the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

With the loss, the Isles are just two points up on the Philadelphia Flyers, which beat Ottawa 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. The Detroit Red Wings are four points behind the Islanders and play in Toronto against the bottom-feeding Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

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