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Seth Jones’ First Goal “Unbelievable”

Seth Jones Intro

Oct 12, 2013


The Nashville Predators and New York Islanders were knotted up in a scoreless tie at the beginning of the second period on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena when New York’s Casey Cizikas went to the penalty box for boarding Eric Nystrom.

At 1:03, David Legwand found rookie Seth Jones at the top of the left faceoff circle and the rest is history.

“The seam was there and I was hoping it would be there for a couple of seconds,” Jones said. “I was hoping (Legwand) saw me – he’s got good vision, so he did.”

The fourth pick of the 2013 NHL Draft buried the puck behind goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, scoring his first career goal in his fifth career game.

“It feels unbelievable,” Jones said. “We were working the puck around pretty well on the power play and I got a good pass from Legwand. I just kind of wound up and shot it and hoped for the best.”

“He made a great shot and cleanly beat the opponent,” Shea Weber said. “It’s hopefully a sign of many good things to come from him, especially since he is so young.”

“I got the monkey off my back and I’m glad that it came this quickly,” Jones said. “I think last year in Portland, it took me 8 games and that felt like forever, so I’m glad that I got it a little quicker.”

Jones’ goal came on the power play, meaning that Nashville has scored a power play goal in 3 of their last 4 games. Last year, the Predators finished 17th in the league in power play percentage, but the team seems to be headed in a positive direction as of late.

“(The power play) is very important,” Jones said. “It’s what wins and loses hockey games. Special teams is a battle every game. Usually whoever wins the special teams battle most of the time, they win the game, so we’ve focused a lot on the power play and the penalty kill in the last week. We knew we had to get better at both ends and that’s definitely showing, I think. We had a huge four-minute kill in the third period when we needed it and obviously the power play in the second period.”

After scoring his first goal, Jones did not have much time to soak it in, as he only had a few minutes until his next shift.

“I tried to come down as quick as I could,” Jones said. “Probably it took until the next shift. I was so excited when it happened and I got to the bench and knew I needed to relax a little bit.”

Nashville would go on to win the game 3-2. Jones, meanwhile, gets a new souvenir to take home.

“I don’t have a spot (for the puck) yet. Obviously, it’s special and I’ll do something safe with it.”

Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua