CHICAGO (CBS) — Each time on the ice, Teuvo Teravainen seemed poised for his milestone first NHL goal. He was skating with a little extra speed, making that extra move and showing the on-ice maturation that the Blackhawks have longed to see.
It finally happened for Teravainen, as the Blackhawks’ 20-year-old top prospect recorded his first NHL goal on a blast from the slot. However, it came in a 4-2 loss Friday, Chicago’s third loss to Winnipeg this season.
“It of course good to get the first one, and I’m happy about that, but I’m not happy that we lost,” Teravainen said.
Entering Friday’s contest, Teravainen had zero points in four games. But the rookie was constantly around the puck in this contest.
“He had some chances tonight; three games in a row he’s had some good, quality stuff,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Certainly nice to see him get his first one.”
Teravainen has no plans on what to do with the puck awarded for his goal. After a loss, that was far from his focus.
What’s certainly clear is that Teravainen is improving in his second stint with the Blackhawks.
“I get more comfortable every day here,” he said. “I’m just trying to play my game.”