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    Balcers scores his first NHL goal; Senators lose to Hurricanes

    OTTAWA, Jan 7 (LETA) - Latvian forward Rudolfs Balcers scored his first NHL goal in his second career game on Sunday, yet the Ottawa Senators lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 4:5 (0:2, 4:2, 0:1).

    As reported, Balcers is the 22nd Latvian hockey player in the NHL. In his first match with the Senators on Saturday, the Senators were defeated by Minnesota Wild 3:4.

    Last night, Balcers scored the third goal for the Senators on an assist from Chris Tierney, to make the score 3:4. Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Senators, while Justin Faulk, Brock McGinn, Jaccob Slavin, Dougie Hamilton and Justin Williams scored the goals for the Hurricanes.

    Balcers was on the ice for eight minutes and 45 seconds, taking one shot on goal and blocking one shot, and earning a plus 1 rating.

    Balcers has become the 15th Latvian player to score a goal in NHL regular season history.

    The Senators are currently in last place in the NHL Eastern Conference with 35 points from 43 games, while the Hurricanes are in tenth place in the conference with 41 points.

    The Senators will next play the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

    As reported, Balcers began the season with the AHL's Belleville Senators, scoring 14 goals and making 12 assists in 36 matches.

    Balcers was selected with the 142nd pick in the 2015 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks and was traded to the Senators this past off-season.

    He also made his debut with the Latvian national team at last year's Ice Hockey World Championships.

    • Published: 07.01.2019 09:57
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