Connor Carrick was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals. He made his NHL debut for them in the 2013-14 season - and in just his second game, scored his first NHL goal.
And that was it. Forty-three games later, Carrick failed to put another puck in the net... until tonight.
How about the smile on Connor Carrick after his first goal with the Leafs? https://t.co/UXGjeMiOYO— Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) March 16, 2016
NHL goals are pretty special - but they're always especially special when you only have one. Or two, as the case may now be. Carrick came over to the Maple Leafs alongside Brooks Laich, a 21-year-old putting up decent seasons in the AHL, now in the NHL - even if it's a team at the bottom of the standings, rather than the top.
But all you need to do is take one look at Carrick's face for it to really hit home: that's his second NHL goal, his first ever with his new team, and that's something to really celebrate.
Congrats, Connor! Here's to it being the first of many in Toronto.