Washington Capitals’ First NHL Goals

Here is a list of Washington Capitals who scored their first NHL goal with the team.

Also see: First goals by Caps

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Alex Ovechkin and Mike Gartner are tied with eight assists for first-time goal scorers.

Other databases: Caps hat trick trackerGordie Howe hat tricksCaps point and goal streaks

DatePlayerOpponentAssistsResultInfoPhoto
2019-11-09Jonas SiegenthalerVGKTravis BoydW, 5-2Scored on the one-year anniversary of his first game. | Story | Video
2018-12-29Tyler Lewington@OTTNicklas Backstrom, Jonas SiegenthalerW, 3-2Lewington gets a Gordie Howe hat trick in the same game, the second of his career. | Story | Video
2018-12-29Madison Bowey@OTTTom WilsonW, 3-2Scored his first goal on the same night Tyler Lewington scored his first. | Story | Video
2018-12-08Travis Boyd@CBJAlex Ovechkin, Nic DowdW, 4-0Scored in 21st career game. | Story | Video
2017-10-26Chandler StephensonVANJay Beagle, Madison BoweyL, 2-6Scored in his 14th career game, getting Madison Bowey his first career point. | Video
2017-10-11Christian Djoos*PITLars Eller, Brett ConnollyL, 2-3Scored in first career game and also has an assist. | Story | Video
2017-10-07Nathan Walker*MTLSmith-Pelly, Jay BeagleW, 6-1Tips in a shot in his first career game. First Australian player to play in NHL. | Video
2017-02-11Zach SanfordANABrett Connolly, Matt NiskanenW, 6-4Scored the winner against Anaheim in his 21st career game. | Story | Video
2016-12-09Jakub Vrana@BUFEvgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry OrlovW, 4-1Scored in his 5th career game. | Video
2016-02-06Paul Carey@NJDMatt Niskanen, Brooks LaichW, 3-2Scored once in 10 games with the Caps. | Story | Video
2015-04-11Stanislav GalievNYRBrooks Orpik, Michael LattaL, 2-4Scored first goal in final game of season, in final 30 seconds of game. | Story | Video
2014-10-26Liam O'BrienVANMike GreenL, 2-4Scored in his eighth career game. | Story
2014-10-09Andre Burakovsky*MONTroy BrouwerSOL, 2-1Scored in his first career game. | Story | Video
2014-03-25Evgeny KuznetsovLAKAlex Ovechkin, Eric FehrSOL, 4-5Ties the game, 4-4, in his eighth career game. | Story | Video
2014-03-22Chris Brown@SJSDustin Penner, Tom WilsonW, 3-2Ties the game which helps the Caps win in San Jose for the first time in nearly 21 years. | Story | Video
2014-02-08Julien BrouilletteNJDPatrick Wey, Nicklas BackstromW, 3-0Scored in second career game. | Story | Video
2013-12-07Nate SchmidtNSHMartin Erat, Joel WardW, 5-2Scored in 25th career game. | Story | Video
2013-11-15Michael Latta@DETJohn Carlson, Karl AlznerW, 4-3Scored in 10th career game. | Story | Video
2013-11-05Tom WilsonNYIAlex Ovechkin, Mikhail GrabovskiW, 6-2Wilson gets a shaving cream pie to the face, delivered by Ovechkin, and has to leave the media scrum to wipe it off. | Story | Video
2013-10-03Connor CarrickCGYMarcus Johansson, Karl AlznerW, 5-4Scored on a breakaway in his second career game. | Story | Video
2013-03-10Steven OleksyNYRJason Chimera, Marcus JohanssonL, 1-4Scored in 4th career game. | Story | Video
2013-03-05Tomas KundratekBOSEric Fehr, Nicklas BackstromW, 4-3Scored his only NHL goal with the Caps. | Video
2012-01-15Dmitry OrlovCARJason ChimeraW, 2-1Scored the game-winner in the third period. | Video
2011-11-04Cody Eakin@CARAlexander SeminW, 5-1Scored in second career game. | Video
2010-12-21Andrew GordonNJDMarcus Johansson, John ErskineW, 5-1Also has an assist. Kisses Marcus Johansson afterward. 8th career game. | Video
2010-10-19Marcus JohanssonBOSJason Chimera, Matt HendricksL, 1-3Scored in his fifth career game. | Video
2010-03-25John Carlson@CARJason Chimera, John ErskineSOL, 2-3Scored in his 18th career game.
2009-11-23Jay Beagle@OTTUnassistedL, 3-4Scored in 7th career game.
2009-11-07Mathieu PerreaultFLAUnassistedW, 7-4Scored in third career game, early in the third period. | VideoMathieu Perreault
2009-01-01Sean CollinsTBLAlex Ovechkin, Shaone MorrisonnW, 7-4Scored his only NHL goal with the Caps.
2008-12-30Chris Bourque@BUFDave Steckel, Eric FehrW, 4-2Scored in 9th career game. | Video
2008-12-06Karl Alzner@TORUnassistedW, 2-1Scored in 6th career game.
2008-10-25Tyler Sloan@DALViktor Kozlov, Alex OvechkinW, 6-5Scored in his third career game.
2007-12-10Quintin LaingNJDJohn Erskine, Matt BradleyW, 3-2Scored in fifth game with the Caps.
2007-11-08Nicklas Backstrom@OTTViktor Kozlov, Michael NylanderW, 4-1Scored in his 16th career game. | Video
2007-10-29Jeff Schultz@TORMichael Nylander, Matt PettingerW, 7-1Scored in 44th career game.
2007-10-24Dave SteckelTBLAlex Ovechkin, KozlovW, 5-3Scored in his 20th career game.
2007-03-16Alexandre GirouxTORSteve Eminger, Mike GreenW, 5-1Scored in 6th career game.
2007-02-24Tomas Fleischmann@NJDBoyd GordonW, 4-2Scored in 23rd career game.
2007-01-27Eric FehrCARAlexander SeminW, 7-3Scored in his 14th career game.
2006-12-29Lawrence Nycholat@NJDAlex Ovechkin, Dainius ZubrusL, 3-4Scored both NHL goals with the Caps
2006-02-03Mike GreenTORAlex Ovechkin, Chris ClarkW, 4-1Scored in his 13th career game, his only goal that season. | Video
2005-11-19Brooks Laich@MTLJakub Klepis, Tomas FleischmannW, 5-1Laich played briefly before the lockout but didn't score his first goal until 11 games into the 2005 season.
2005-11-04Jakub Klepis*ATLMathieu Biron, Brian WillsieW, 3-2Scored in first career game. | Story
2005-10-10Steve EmingerNYRChris ClarkW, 3-2Scored in his third season with the Caps.
2005-10-10Petr SykoraNYRFriesen, CasselsW, 3-2Scored twice in 10 career games before returning to the Czech Republic.
2005-10-05Alex Ovechkin*CBJDainius Zubrus, Jeff HalpernW, 3-2Scored twice in his first career game. | Story
2003-10-31Alexander SeminATLRobert LangW, 2-1Scored in 4th career game.
2003-10-11Boyd GordonATLJaromir Jagr, Brendan WittL, 3-4Scored in his second career game.
2003-10-09John GrudenNYIBrian WillsieW, 6-1Scored only NHL goal with the Caps.
2002-12-19Rick BerryBOSMichael Nylander, Jaromir JagrW, 5-3Scored both NHL goals with the Caps.
2002-11-29Brian SutherbyOTTSteve Konowalchuk, Mike GrierL, 2-6Scored in 21st career game.
2002-04-06Nolan Yonkman@NYIChris Simon, Steve KonowalchukL, 4-5Scored his only NHL goal with the Caps.
2002-03-23J.F. Fortin@CBJUlf DahlenW, 5-2Scored only NHL goal with the Caps.
2001-12-26Stephen PeatPHIJoe SaccoL, 1-4Scored in 17th career game and fights Donald Brashear. | Video
2001-11-13Matt PettingerOTTDainius Zubrus, Sergei GoncharL, 5-11Scored in his 19th career game.
2001-03-09Trent WhitfieldNYRUnassistedW, 5-3Scored in 47th career game.
1999-11-03Glen MetropolitOTTAdam Oates, Sergei GoncharW, 3-1Has two goals and an assist in his second career game. | Video
1999-10-19Jeff HalpernANAMiika Elomo, Dmitri MironovL, 1-7Scored in his sixth career game.jeff halpern
1999-10-08Alexei Tezikov@BUFPeter Bondra, MinonovW, 3-2Scored only NHL goal with the Caps.
1999-04-07Benoit GrattonSTLJoe Reekie, Trevor HalversonL, 2-4Scored in 17th career game.
1998-10-18Matt Herr@TBLKelly MillerW, 4-1Scored in fourth career game and adds an assist.
1997-10-11Jan BulisNYISylvain Cote, Richard ZednikW, 3-1Scored in his 6th career game.
1997-02-01Anson Carter@FLAUnassistedW, 3-1Scored in 13th career game.
1996-12-13Jaroslav Svejkovsky@ANAChris Simon, Joe JuneauL, 4-5Scored in second career game and adds an assist.
1996-10-05Richard ZednikCHIUnassistedL, 2-5Scored in second career game.
1996-04-10Steve Poapst*@NYRDale HunterW, 4-1Scored in his first game.
1996-02-29Andrew Brunette@FLASylvain Cote, Michal PivonkaT, 2-2Scored in fourth career game.
1995-10-26Brendan Witt@BOSJoe Juneau, Keith JonesW, 4-2Scored in eighth career game and also has an assist.
1995-10-17Stefan Ustorf@DALPat PeakeW, 4-3Scored in fourth career game.
1995-04-21Sergei GoncharHFDJoe Juneau, Steve KonowalchukW, 6-3Scored in his 27th career game.
1995-04-04Ken Klee@NYIRob Pearson, Calle JohanssonW, 5-4Scored in 11th career game.
1995-04-02Jeff NelsonBOSKen KleeW, 2-1Scored in ninth career game.
1995-03-31Martin GendronQUERob Pearson, Sylvain CoteW, 6-4Scored in third career game.
1995-03-12Kevin KaminskiTBLCraig Berube, Rob PearsonW, 3-1Scored all 3 career goals with the Caps.
1995-01-27Jason AllisonNYIJoe Juneau, Sylvain CoteW, 5-2Scored in third career game.
1994-04-12Todd NelsonWINSteve Konowalchuk, Calle JohanssonW, 4-3Scored one goal in two games with the Caps.
1993-12-30Enrico CicconeANADave PoulinW, 3-0Scored in 25th game with the Caps.
1993-12-21John Slaney@PHIUnassistedW, 4-1Scored in fifth career game.
1993-11-18Pat Peake@PITMike Ridley, Kelly MillerL, 2-3Scored in 12th career game.
1993-10-08Jason WoolleyNJDPeter Bondra, Alan MayL, 3-6Scored in 28th career game.
1992-11-18Reggie SavageMNSUnassistedL, 4-5Scored in fifth career game and adds an assist.
1992-11-03Keith JonesCHITodd KrygierW, 4-1Scored in his third career game and has two assists.
1992-10-31Steve Konowalchuk@EDMCalle JohanssonL, 2-4Scored in his third career game.
1991-03-30Jeff GreenlawNJDKen Sabourin, Tim BerglandW, 4-0Scored in 31st career game.
1990-12-28Dmitri KhristichNYRDino Ciccarelli, Mike RidleyL, 3-5Scored in his fifth career game.
1990-11-14Mikhail Tatarinov@TORKevin HatcherL, 3-5Scored in 11th career game and the two following games.
1990-11-03John Purves@NYITippett, Dale HunterW, 5-2Scored once in 7 career games
1990-10-17Peter Bondra@NJDUnassistedL, 3-2Scored in fifth career game.
1990-02-11Tim BerglandMNSDino Ciccarelli, Alan MayW, 5-3Scored in 11th career game.
1990-01-31Kent Paynter@MNSKelly MillerW, 4-3Scored only NHL goal with the Caps.
1989-12-15Rob MurrayNYINick Kypreos, Alan MayL, 3-5Scored in 26th career game.
1989-11-29Nick Kypreos@DETDoug Wickenheiser, Alan MayW, 5-3Scored in 15th career game.
1989-10-21Chris Felix@TORDino Ciccarelli, Scott StevensL, 4-8Scored in 25th career game.
1989-10-16Brian Tutt@MTLBob Rouse, Dale HunterW, 4-3Scored once in 7 career games.
1989-10-07Robin BawaCHIBob Rouse, Kevin HatcherL, 2-3Scored in second career game.
1989-02-15Jim Thomson@CHIScott Stevens, Mike RidleyL, 4-7Scored in 20th career game.
1988-11-29John DruceSTLGeoff Courtnall, Scott StevensW, 4-3Scored in tenth career game.
1988-01-23Bill HoulderBUFDave Christian, Bengt GustafssonT, 3-3Scored in 24th career game.
1987-10-11Paul Cavallini@BUFUnassistedL, 5-6Scored in ninth career game.
1987-03-13Ed KastelicTORKevin Hatcher, JensenW, 10-2Scored in 31st career game.
1986-10-13Yvon Corriveau@NYRLarry Murphy, Dave ChristianW, 7-6Scored in fourth career game. Michal Pivonka also gets first goal.
1986-10-13Michal Pivonka@NYRMike Gartner, Greg SmithW, 7-6Had a goal and an assist in his third career game. Yvon Corriveau also gets first goal.
1986-03-29Steve Leach@HFDLou Franceschetti, Scott StevensT, 6-6Scored in his seventh career game.
1985-11-15David JensenVANBengt GustafssonW, 5-3Scored in first game as a Cap.
1985-04-07Kevin HatcherPITBobby Gould, ChristianW, 7-3Scored a goal in his second career game.
1984-12-01Dean Evason@BOSDarren Veitch, Greg AdamsW, 5-4Scored in sixth career game.
1984-10-14Jim McGeough@CHIDoug Jarvis, Craig LaughlinW, 5-3Scored in seventh career game.
1984-10-13Andre HidiPHIBengt Gustafsson, Rod LangwayL, 2-4Scored two goals in seven career NHL games.
1984-03-21Gary SampsonMNSUnassistedW, 5-1Scored in tenth career game.
1984-03-01Peter AnderssonPITBobby Carpenter, Scott StevensW, 9-1Scored twice in 32nd career game.
1984-01-11Bryan Erickson@LAKScott Stevens, Bob CarpenterW, 4-2Scored in ninth career game.
1982-10-06Scott Stevens*@NYRCraig Laughlin, Chris ValentineW, 5-4Scored in his first career game. | Story
1982-10-06Milan Novy*@NYRMike Gartner, Bobby CarpenterW, 5-4Scored a goal and has two assists in first game.
1982-01-03Tony Cassolato@NYRLou Franceschetti, Darren VeitchW, 4-3Scored only career goal with the Caps.
1981-12-20Lou Franceschetti@NYRMike GartnerW, 3-2Scored in fifth career game.
1981-12-14Mike Siltala*@MTLPaul MacKinnon, Bengt GustafssonL, 3-6Scored only NHL goal in first career game.
1981-12-02Torrie RobertsonCGYGreg Theberge, Mike GartnerW, 9-3Scored twice in sixth career game.
1981-11-22Chris Valentine*@PHITim Tookey, Gaeten DuchesneW, 3-2Scored in first career game.
1981-11-14Timo Blomqvist@HFDRyan WalterW, 4-0Scored in ninth career game.
1981-10-31Todd Bidner@CLRDennis Maruk, Howard WalkerL, 4-6Scored two goals in 12 career games.
1981-10-10Gaetan DuchesneDETJean Pronovost, Terry MurrayW, 6-3Scored in second career game.
1981-10-10Roland StoltzDETPaul MacKinnon, Bengt GustafssonW, 6-3Scored in second game with the Caps.
1981-10-07Bobby Carpenter*@BUFRyan Walter, Mike GartnerL, 3-5Had a goal and an assist in his first career game. | Story
1981-01-04Archie HendersonPHIDoug JarvisL, 1-8Scored in seventh career game.
1980-12-27Jim McTaggart@MTLDoug Jarvis, Ryan WalterL, 4-7Played 71 career games, all with the Caps.
1980-12-26Howard WalkerNYRTim Tookey, Darren VeitchW, 7-3Scored both of his career goals with the Caps.
1980-12-20Tim TookeyPHIMike Gartner, Bengt GustafssonL, 2-5Scored in second career game.
1980-12-12Greg ThebergePITUnassistedL, 2-6Scored in 13th career game.
1980-11-20Darren VeitchCGYDennis Maruk, Mike GartnerW, 4-2Scored in 19th career game.
1980-02-02Tim CoulisNYRRobert PicardL, 3-6Scored in 12th career game.
1980-02-01Glen Currie@AFMPaul Mulvey, CoulisL, 2-4Scored in second career game.
1979-12-04Brent TremblayHFDRyan WalterT, 3-3Scored once in 10 career games.
1979-11-18Wes JarvisAFMGord Lane, Mike GartnerL, 2-4Scored in second career game.
1979-10-24Antero Lehtonen@LAKTom Rowe, Robert PicardL, 3-5Scored in second game with the Caps.
1979-10-16Bengt GustafssonLAKBob Sirois, Rolf EdbergW, 8-6Scored two goals and had an assist in his fourth career game. Mike Gartner also gets first career goal.
1979-10-16Mike GartnerLAKLeif Svensson, Guy CharronW, 8-6Scored in fourth career game. Bengt Gustafsson also gets first career goal. | Story
1979-10-13Errol RausseBOSGuy CharronL, 2-5Scored in second career game.
1979-01-12Gary RisslingCLRDennis Maruk, Tom RoweW, 8-1Scored in sixth career game. | Story
1978-11-14Leif SvenssonAFMGuy Charron, Gord LaneW, 8-7Scored in 16th career game and also has an assist.
1978-11-01Rolf EdbergPITBryan Watson, Leif SvenssonW, 6-4Scored in sixth career game and also has two assists.
1978-10-28Ryan Walter@LAKBob GirardL, 1-5Scored in his second career game, and the two games after that.
1978-10-14Greg CarrollAFMBob SiroisL, 3-6Scored in third career game.
1978-10-13Paul Mulvey@AFMRolf Edberg, Bob SiroisT, 3-3Scored in second career game.
1977-12-28Larry Bolonchuk@PITGuy Charron, Doug PateyT, 2-2Scored in 28th game with the Caps.
1977-12-07Robert Picard@CLEGuy Charron, Eddy GodinW, 5-3Scored in 23rd career game.
1977-12-04Eddy GodinPITUnassistedL, 2-4Played in 27 career games, all with the Caps.
1977-11-15Mark Lofthouse@STLGerry Meehan, Dave ForbesT, 2-2Scored in third career game.
1977-11-02Nelson Burton*CHIRick Green, Bill CollinsT, 2-2Scored only NHL goal in first career game.
1977-01-04Bill RileyDETGerry MeehanT, 2-2Scored in fourth career game.
1976-12-05Tom Rowe*@BOSGuy Charron, Garnet "Ace" BaileyT, 5-5Scored in first career game.
1976-11-21Rick GreenCLRTony WhiteW, 3-1Scored in 18th career game and also adds an assist.
1976-11-09Doug PateyVANRick Bragnalo, Harvey BennettW, 4-2Played 45 career games, all with the Caps.
1976-03-16Rick BragnaloNYRBob Sirois, Tony WhiteW, 5-2Scored in ninth career game and also has an assist.
1975-12-12Gord LaneDETMike Marson, Bob GrypL, 3-5Scored in third game with the Caps. He also got into a fight.
1975-12-03John PaddockBUFBlair Stewart, Bob ParadiseT, 4-4Scored in third game with the Caps.
1975-10-17Hartland Monahan@CGSBill Clement, Tony WhiteT, 3-3Scored in sixth game with the Caps.
1975-10-09Peter Scamurra@PHITommy WilliamsL, 4-5Scored in second game with the Caps.
1975-10-07Tony WhitePITStan GilbertsonL, 2-4Scored in sixth game with the Caps.
1975-03-18Blair StewartPHIYvon Labre, Ron AndersonL, 2-7Scored in second game with the Caps.
1975-03-07Ron Jones@MTLNelson Pyatt, Mike MarsonL, 4-8Scored once in 54 career NHL games.
1975-03-01Larry Fullan@TORJack Lynch, Bill LesukL, 4-5Scored once in 4 career NHL games. Nelson Pyatt also scored his first.
1975-03-01Nelson Pyatt@TORUnassistedL, 4-5Scored in tenth game with the Caps, as Larry Fullan also scored his first.
1974-12-05Paul Nicholson@BUFBruce CowickL, 2-9Scored twice in fifth game with the Caps.
1974-11-27Willie Brossart@MNSUnassistedL, 4-6Scored the only goal of his career with the Caps.
1974-11-19Mike MarsonCGSLaframboise, MorrisonW, 6-4Scored twice in his 16th career game. First black player to score for Caps. Also, Bruce Cowick scored his first.
1974-11-19Bruce CowickCGSMike Bloom, Bob GrypW, 6-4Scored in his 15th career game. Also, Mike Marson scored his first.
1974-11-07Bob Gryp@BOSUnassistedL, 4-10Scored in his fourth career game.
1974-11-03Greg JolyKCSYvon Labre, Jim HrycuikL, 4-5Scored in 11th game with the Caps.
1974-10-27Gord SmithTORTommy Williams, Doug MohnsL, 3-4Scored in ninth career game.
1974-10-19Mike Bloom@DETYvon LabreL, 4-6Scored in fifth game with the Caps.
1974-10-09Ron Anderson*@NYRDenis Dupere, Greg JolyL, 3-6Scored the second goal in Caps history in his first NHL game.
1974-10-09Jim Hrycuik*@NYRUnassistedL, 3-6Scored the first goal in Caps history in his first NHL game.

*Scored in first career game

Dates when two players scored: (1974-10-09, 1974-11-19, 1975-03-01, 1979-10-16, 1981-10-10, 1982-10-06, 1986-10-13, 2005-10-10, 2018-12-29)