Mom likely to get the puck from Brodziak's first

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

At this rate the Edmonton Oilers might run out of pucks.

Last night it was Kyle Brodziak who was awarded the puck after scoring his first career NHL goal.

"I think my mom's got all the valuable stuff," Brodziak said. "I'll probably give it to her for now and decide what I want to do with it later."

It took Brodziak 16 games with the Oilers to finally collect his first goal. He played 10 games with the Oilers last year without registering a point.

Last night he scored the Oilers first goal, making a nifty move on St. Louis Blues goaltender Curtis Sanford in front of the net and sliding the puck through his pads.

"It was just a quick transition play," Brodziak said. "I got a good bounce right on my tape and after that I really don't know what happened. The adrenaline was going, you don't really remember what happened, it happened so quick.

"I probably looked calm, but I'd like to watch it again to remember what I've did."

Brodziak was the Oilers ninth choice - 214th overall - in the 2003 NHL Entry draft.

With the rash of injuries Brodziak was called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on March 5th.

"This experience is so valuable," he said. "Every day I'm up here I'm trying to take everything in and work as hard as I can."

The native of St. Paul is one of a number of Oilers to collect their first NHL goals this season and second in as many games.

Robert Nilsson scored his first NHL goal on Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.

Matt Greene, Ladislav Smid, Brad Winchester, Jan Hejda, Patrick Thoresen, Mathieu Roy, Zack Stortini and Marc Pouliot have all netted their first career NHL goal this year.

"At the time it felt really good, but I remember thinking in between periods how bad we want the win," Brodziak said. "It would have been a lot nicer if we would have got the win."


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