On Sunday morning, the Bruins called up 21-year-old defenseman Jeremy Lauzon from the Providence Bruins to take the place of defenseman Brandon Carlo. By Sunday night, Lauzon had scored his first NHL goal and helped lead his team to a 4-1 victory at home over the Vegas Golden Knights.
“My goal is to stay here as long as I can, and I thought I played hard defensively and [had] something to contribute and do my part,” Lauzon said after the game.
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With just over two minutes remaining in the first period, Bruins center Sean Kuraly dumped the puck into the Knights’ defensive zone, taking a bounce off the wall before finding Lauzon just inside the circle. The rookie’s one-timer gave the Bruins a two-goal lead heading into the locker rooms after the first period.
“It was a good goal, they did it the right way,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “They started in [the defensive] zone. They played it well, they won a puck, they got it behind their [defense] and won a footrace and they got to the net. So it wasn’t lucky, it wasn’t a fluke, it was the right way to do things and they got rewarded for it so hopefully that kind of reminds them how they need to play.”
Lauzon has played in four games with the Bruins so far this season and eight with Providence, tallying one goal and three assists in the AHL.
“He works hard, he’s got good instincts to get up the ice,” Cassidy said. “I think he’s played well here. … His physicality, his willingness to get up the ice, close gaps, kill penalties has been pretty good for us. So I’m happy for him. He’s a likable kid, so good for him. You only get your first NHL goal once, and some guys don’t get it. So it’s nice for him to get it at home and I think it turns out to be the game winner.”
Lauzon, who still lives with his parents, told NESN that they will most likely keep the commemorative puck until he has a place for it.
“It’s a good feeling, for sure,” Lauzon said, per NESN. “It’s something that you’re looking for all your life, playing in the NHL. When you’re younger you imagine scoring your first goal and being able to accomplish that is something big and I’m pretty happy about it.”