[Video] Casey Bailey Scores His First Career NHL Goal
From the moment he signed a two-year contract with the Maple Leafs, Penn State hockey fans have been waiting for it to happen. On Saturday night in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, it finally did: Casey Bailey scored his first career NHL goal.
In his sixth career NHL game, Bailey found the back of the net in the first period on a deflection off a shot from Leafs’ defenseman Dion Phaneuf. The goal beat none other than Montreal Canadien’s netminder Carey Price, who leads the NHL with a 1.95 GAA average and is the likely candidate for the Vezina Trophy.
As every Penn State fan knows, Bailey is no stranger to scoring goals. During his 80 career games at Penn State, Bailey scored 45 goals, leaving Penn State as its all-time leading scorer. During his breakout junior year, he tallied a team-leading 22 goals and 18 assists, leading the Big Ten in goals and finishing ninth nationally.
After being a healthy scratch for two games already this season, this goal will certainly give both Bailey and the Leafs’ coaching staff some confidence heading into the offseason, where Bailey plans to work on his skating in Toronto with instructor Barb Underhill.
Congrats Casey on the achievement. We’re rooting for many, many more.
Image: Toronto Star