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Tyrell Goulbourne made his NHL debut with the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon, and he made his presence felt on his very first NHL shift. He was on the fourth line with Scott Laughton and Jori Lehtera against the Blues.
Goulbourne had been dreaming about his NHL debut for a long, long time.
“Since I was five years old, I mean it is amazing I can’t really explain how it felt, I was scared before the game, my legs were shaking, but it felt really good after that first shift,” he said.
Goulbourne didn’t end up playing a whole lot, just 5:22, as he saw limited time in the third period, but his first shift was a perfect example of what he can do. He led the Flyers with four hits in the game.
After hitting a man in the corner, Goulbourne continued forechecking after a steal by Scott Laughton and put a big hit on Alex Pietrangelo in the corner. Pietrangelo went down to the ice and the puck bounced right to Laughton.
“I just saw the puck underneath his feet and tried to knock him over,” Goulbourne said.
Laughton skated into the slot and sniped a goal to open the scoring just 2:15 into the game.
“I just wanted to finish my checks and Laughts had a great shot on that, Goulbourne continued. “I didn’t even see it go in, I think I celebrated about two seconds late.”
Goulbourne never touched the puck, so unfortunately he didn’t get an assist, but he absolutely deserved one.
That opened the floodgates for the Flyers, who scored again later in the first period and then twice in the second period en route to a 6-3 win.
Goulbourne was called up by the Flyers to bring some energy to the fourth line, and he did just that on his first shift.
“I’ve always been an energy type player and finishing every check, and every check that I can finish gets guys going on the bench and that’s what I wanted to do tonight,” he said after the game.
Sean Couturier, who scored twice in the win, also touched on the energy that Goulbourne and the fourth line brought.
“Especially when you get a goal from the fourth line it’s huge, they did a great job it was a great play, that’s why Goulbourne’s probably up here and he made his presence felt, that’s good.”
Who knows how long he’ll be up with the club, but he did his job and got the Flyers out to a quick start in a big game against the Blues.
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