Cody Ceci’s first NHL goal couldn’t have come at a much better time. With the Ottawa Senators taking the tough St. Louis Blues to overtime, the team was in need of a hero for the night. They got one in the 19-year-old defenseman, who managed to squeak a shot by Brian Elliott to win the contest.
This had been a back-and-forth game, with the teams swapping the lead throughout. The Senators opened the scoring, and then allowed the Blues to bury two unanswered goals before Bobby Ryan netted a backhander in the third period to send the game to overtime.
With the extra period winding down, St. Louis failed to clear their defensive zone. It was Ceci who managed to keep the puck in before firing it home. What’s noteworthy here is the little walk that the youngster takes on the blue line to change the angle and create a shooting lane.
That’s a veteran play by a kid who has all of three NHL games under his belt.
Ottawa clearly likes what they’ve seen from the former 15th-overall draft pick. They iced him for more than 21 minutes last night and didn’t seem to protect him from tough matchups. Ceci rewarded them with a goal that he’ll remember for the rest of his life.
He spoke to Sean Farrell of NHL.com after the game and had this to say about how he was feeling:
It was just a really special moment for me. To have my family and friends in the building, and for it to go in in overtime, and to win the game against a great team, it was pretty crazy the way things happened, and I’m happy the way they did.
Ceci will have his next chance to play the hero tomorrow when the Senators take on the New Jersey Devils.