Milestone Moment – Rob Scuderi’s first NHL game

For Rob Scuderi, February 12, 2004 may not have been where his hockey story began, yet it did mark ‘day one’ of his officially becoming an NHL defenseman.

Playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins at the time, his team traveled to Florida for a game with the Florida Panthers

“Well, unfortunately, we lost (5-1),” said Scuderi, when asked what his memories were of that game. “I thought I played pretty well for (my) first game. Sometimes, for your first game, not to be completely selfish, you have more of an awareness of how you’re doing yourself. You still want to win the game, that’s the most important thing though. I remember playing pretty well and having a good debut. The whole rest of the call-up went that way and probably started my NHL career.”

The call-up he refers to was his 13-game stint in the NHL that season. Interestingly, in his final game before being sent back to the AHL, Scuderi scored his first NHL goal – in Madison Square Garden. Not bad for a native New Yorker, who says he grew up hating the Rangers.

Due to the NHL lockout the following season, Scuderi didn’t make it back to the NHL until October 2005.

Now, looking ahead to the game tonight versus Florida…

“Just like most games, we’re worried more about we do,” said Scuderi. “We think that if we do the things that make us successful, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing. So, if we can do those things – which is moving the puck north, keeping it simple – we like our chances against anybody.”

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Brad Richardson isn’t a fan of Scuderi’s wardrobe

Dustin Brown throws Scuderi into the mix with Penner vs Greene

What I’ve learned so far this season… by Penguins defenseman Kris Letang

Shop MMAOverload.com Today!

Recent Articles

Parise Wild NHL

Puck Probability: Odds for Kings at Wild, November 26

Los Angeles and Minnesota have split the last six games played, with each side winning three. All but the first game in that set have been decided by just one goal. Further, there has been at least one shootout between the teams in each of the last four seasons. To keep that streak alive, they’ll [...]

Suter Wild NHL

Things You May Not Know: Kings-Wild Edition

Another road game for the LA Kings, which either means more doom and gloom, as they have a NHL-worst one win away from Staples Center, or it’s an opportunity to add to the left column. In the Wild, they’ll be taking on a team many expected to be much higher in the Western Conference standings. [...]

LA Kings MayorsManor

Video 1: 2014 Stanley Cup Moments – Adversity

Courtesy of Kings Vision, the first installment from their new 2014 Stanley Cup Moments series has been released…

Major News Items

Zykov NHL LA Kings

LA Kings 2014-15 Prospect Rankings: The Coveted Top 5

With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we’re now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top 10 Prospect Rankings. The … [Read More...]

More Prospect News