LA Kings left wing Michael Mersch
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — For many National Hockey League
rookies, it takes dozens of games, often a lot more than that, for them to record their first NHL point, let alone score their first NHL goal.
For Los Angeles Kings rookie left wing Michael Mersch, it took just nine games.
The 6-2, 218-pound native of Park Ridge, Illinois scored his first NHL goal and tallied his first NHL point at the 5:42 mark of the second period on December 29, helping lead the Kings to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
Mersch, whose game is trademarked by his net-front presence, scored the goal in typical Michael Mersch fashion, as he won a loose puck battle in the right corner, and then took the puck straight to the front of the net. Using a power move, he took the puck to the goalmouth and slid it between the leg pads of Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot.
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