NEWARK, NY – Reid Boucher, who began the season with Albany, scored his first NHL goal Wednesday during New Jersey’s 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center. The tally came at 12:08 of the first period and was setup by former Albany defenseman Eric Gelinas.
“It means a lot,” Boucher told reporters after the game. “It’s something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life and it’s a very special moment.”
Gelinas’ shot from the boards went wide and bounced off the end boards to Boucher to the right of the net. He buried the opportunity into the gapping net.
“I was glad for Boucher,” said Head Coach Pete DeBoer. “He could have had three or four by now. So, hopefully, that opens the door for him to bang a few more in.”
Before his departure to New Jersey on Dec. 4, Boucher appeared in 21 games with Albany. He still ranks second on the team with 18 points and tied for first with 10 goals. Wednesday’s contest against the Senators was the rookie winger’s seventh career NHL game.