Jack Hughes scores his first NHL goal

It finally happened. Jack Hughes scored his first career NHL goal for the Devils. Fittingly, it came with his team facing older brother Quinn Hughes and the Canucks this afternoon in Newark.

The top pick got it on the power play thanks to a great cross ice feed from Taylor Hall. Hughes quickly snapped a perfect wrist shot past Thatcher Demko with 5:52 remaining in the first period. Sami Vatanen helped set it up by playing catch with Hall, who created the passing lane to get the puck over to Hughes for the first of many.

The excitement from the number one overall pick was as expected. He was pumped up with his proud parents, family and friends cheering on in the stands like they have at other home games. Only this one is special. A true family affair with Jack facing brother Quinn.

New Jersey is going for two straight victories after defeating the Rangers 5-2 on Thursday night. They just got their first win of the season. Now, their top pick got the monkey off his back by following up his first career NHL assist with his first goal.

Mackenzie Blackwood is in net for a second straight game. The Devils lead by one late in the second.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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