Szwarz's First NHL Goal Ignites Comeback
GLENDALE -- The Coyotes rallied to beat the Nashville Predators 5-4 on Thursday night. Most fans and observers will remember Mikkel Boedker’s shootout goal as the key moment.
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Forward Jordan Szwarz will list another goal as the game’s most memorable.
Trailing 3-0, Szwarz, playing in just his second NHL game, beat Predators goalie Carter Hutton with a shot at 2:21 of the second period to ignite Phoenix’s comeback.
It was Szwarz’s first NHL goal.
“It's a great feeling,” Szwarz said. “To get one under my belt early is awesome. (Zbynek Michalek) gave a great pass to me there. I had the mindset of just getting the puck on the net. I saw my teammates going to the net there and fortunately I got a good bounce and it went in.”
Szwarz was pleased that he was able to celebrate the huge milestone after a victory instead of a loss.
“It would’ve been tough if we lost that game, but we had a great character win for the guys,” Szwarz said.
Szwarz nearly made the team out of training camp but started the season playing for the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. Pirates coaches named him team captain just before the season started. On Monday, the Coyotes recalled him to fill in for center Martin Hanzal - who sat out the past two game because of an NHL suspension.
Szwarz is hoping he gets to stay in the NHL after Hanzal returns to the lineup this weekend.
“I don't make the decision on when I go down,” Szwarz said. “I'm just going to go out there and when I get on the ice, I'm going to make the best of the opportunity.”