Players Who Scored in Caps Debut

Hendrix Lapierre (via the Caps)

Only 14 players in Caps history have scored a goal in their NHL debut with the team, while 30 more have scored in their first game with the team after playing for a different team.

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Scored in first NHL game:

DatePlayerOpponentAssistsResultInfoPhoto
2021-10-13Hendrix LapierreNYRT.J. Oshie, Conor ShearyW, 5-1Scored in first career game.
2017-10-11Christian DjoosPITLars Eller, Brett ConnollyL, 2-3Scored in first career game and also has an assist. | Story | Video
2017-10-07Nathan WalkerMTLSmith-Pelly, Jay BeagleW, 6-1Tips in a shot in his first career game. First Australian player to play in NHL. | Video
2014-10-09Andre BurakovskyMONTroy BrouwerSOL, 2-1Scored in his first career game. | Story | Video
2005-11-04Jakub KlepisATLMathieu Biron, Brian WillsieW, 3-2Scored in first career game. | Story
2005-10-05Alex OvechkinCBJDainius Zubrus, Jeff HalpernW, 3-2Scored twice in his first career game. | Story
1982-10-06Scott Stevens@NYRCraig Laughlin, Chris ValentineW, 5-4Scored in his first career game. | Story
1981-12-14Mike Siltala@MTLPaul MacKinnon, Bengt GustafssonL, 3-6Scored only NHL goal in first career game.
1981-11-22Chris Valentine@PHITim Tookey, Gaeten DuchesneW, 3-2Scored in first career game.
1981-10-07Bobby Carpenter@BUFRyan Walter, Mike GartnerL, 3-5Had a goal and an assist in his first career game. | Story
1977-11-02Nelson BurtonCHIRick Green, Bill CollinsT, 2-2Scored only NHL goal in first career game.
1976-12-05Tom Rowe@BOSGuy Charron, Garnet "Ace" BaileyT, 5-5Scored in first career game.
1974-10-09Ron Anderson@NYRDenis Dupere, Greg JolyL, 3-6Scored the second goal in Caps history in his first career game.
1974-10-09Jim Hrycuik@NYRUnassistedL, 3-6Scored the first goal in Caps history in his first career game.

Scored in first Caps game:

DatePlayerOpponentAssistsResultInfoPhoto
2021-10-13Hendrix LapierreNYRT.J. Oshie, Conor ShearyW, 5-1Scored in first career game.
2021-04-13Anthony ManthaPHIJohn Carlson, Dmitry OrlovW, 6-1Scored in first game as a Cap.
2018-10-03Nic DowdBOSNathan Walker, Devante Smith-PellyW, 7-0Scored in first game with Caps. Video
2017-10-11Christian DjoosPITLars Eller, Brett ConnollyL, 2-3Scored in first career game and also has an assist. | Story | Video
2017-10-07Nathan WalkerMTLSmith-Pelly, Jay BeagleW, 6-1Tips in a shot in his first career game. First Australian player to play in NHL. | Video
2014-10-09Andre BurakovskyMONTroy BrouwerSOL, 2-1Scored in his first career game. | Story | Video
2013-10-01Mikhail Grabovski@CHIJoel WardL, 6-4Had a hat trick and an assist in first Caps game.
2013-01-19Wojtek Wolski@TBLMike Ribeiro, Roman HamrlikL, 6-3Scored in first game with Caps.wojtek wolski capitals
2010-03-04Scott WalkerTAMMike Green, Boyd GordonW, 5-4Traded from Carolina. Scored twice in first game.
2005-11-04Jakub KlepisATLMathieu Biron, Brian WillsieW, 3-2Scored in first career game. | Story
2005-10-05Alex OvechkinCBJDainius Zubrus, Jeff HalpernW, 3-2Scored twice in his first career game. | Story
2003-03-25Josef Boumedienne@MONJaromir Jagr, Sergei BerezinW, 4-3Scored in his first Caps game.
2003-03-14Sergei BerezinLAKRobert Lang, Dainius ZubrusL, 3-1Traded from Chicago. Scored in first Caps game.
2002-10-11Robert LangNSHKip Miller, Jaromir JagrW, 5-4Also had an assist. Scored in first Caps game.
2002-01-09Colin ForbesCBJAndrei Nikolishin, Jeff HalpernW, 6-3Scored in first Caps game.
2001-10-06Jaromir JagrNJDDainius Zubrus, Adam OatesW, 6-1Also had an assist.
1998-03-28Brian Bellows@VANJeff Brown, Calle JohanssonW, 3-2Scored twice in first Caps game.
1997-03-04Adam OatesCGYTodd Krygier, Joe JuneauW, 2-1Traded late season from Boston. Scored in his first two games as a Cap.
1996-04-10Steve Poapst@NYRDale HunterW, 4-1Scored in his first game.
1994-03-22Joe JuneauHARShawn Anderson, Calle JohanssonW, 4-1Late season trade from Boston. Also had two assists in first game with Washington.
1993-10-06Dave Poulin@WINCalle JohanssonL, 6-4Scored in his first game with the Caps.
1992-03-03Paul MacDermidMINKelly Miller, Kevin HatcherL, 3-1Traded from Winnipeg. Scored in first Caps game.
1991-10-11Todd KrygierNYRMichal Pivonka, Peter BondraW, 5-1Scored in his first Caps game.
1990-10-05Peter ZezelPITDino Ciccarelli, Bob RouseL, 7-4Scored in first Caps game, on the power play.
1988-10-07Geoff CourtnallPITBengt Gustafsson, Kelly MillerL, 6-4Scored in first game with Caps. Also had an assist.
1985-11-15David JensenVANBengt GustafssonW, 5-3Scored in first game as a Cap.
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.
1982-10-06Ted Bulley@NYRMilan NovyW, 5-2Scored in first Caps game.
1981-12-14Mike Siltala@MTLPaul MacKinnon, Bengt GustafssonL, 3-6Scored only NHL goal in first career game.
1981-11-22Chris Valentine@PHITim Tookey, Gaeten DuchesneW, 3-2Scored in first career game.
1981-10-07Bobby Carpenter@BUFRyan Walter, Mike GartnerL, 3-5Had a goal and an assist in his first career game. | Story
1980-11-15Rick Smith@HARPaul Mulvey, Ryan WalterW, 8-4Traded from Detroit. Scored in first Caps game.
1980-01-19Alan HangslebenPHIMike Kaszycki, Pierre BouchardT, 4-4Traded from Hartford. Scored in first Caps game.
1977-11-02Nelson BurtonCHIRick Green, Bill CollinsT, 2-2Scored only NHL goal in first career game.
1977-02-02Craig Patrick@LAKBryan Watson, Bill CollinsL, 7-2Scored in first game with Caps. Related to Caps president Dick Patrick.
1976-12-05Tom Rowe@BOSGuy Charron, Garnet "Ace" BaileyT, 5-5Scored in first career game.
1976-10-05Guy CharronATFHartland MonahanW, 6-5Scored in first game with Caps. Also had an assist.
1976-01-24Gerry Meehan@PITHarvey BennettL, 8-2Traded from Atlanta. Scored in first game with Caps.
1976-01-23Jean LemieuxNYRGarnet "Ace" Bailey, Nelson PyattW, 7-5Traded from Atlanta. Scored in first game with Caps, on the power play. Also had an assist.
1975-11-15Mike Lampman@STLPeter Scamurra, Paul NicholsonL, 9-2Scored in first game with Caps.
1974-10-09Ron Anderson@NYRDenis Dupere, Greg JolyL, 3-6Scored the second goal in Caps history in his first career game.
1974-10-09Jim Hrycuik@NYRUnassistedL, 3-6Scored the first goal in Caps history in his first career game.