April 3, 2017
Only five players have scored a goal in the shootout in their NHL debut, but only one scored the game-winner. On April 3, 2017, Evgeni Svechnikov scored the only goal of the shootout, in the seventh round no less, to give Detroit a 5-4 win over Ottawa. The only other player to score in a winning cause was Toronto’s Tim Stapleton (Feb. 26, 2009). Other SO scorers in their NHL debuts: Linus Omark (Edmonton, Dec. 10, 2010, loss), Mats Zuccarello (NY Rangers, Dec. 23, 2010, loss), and Reid Boucher (New Jersey, Dec. 4, 2013, loss).