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NHL: Former Bulldog captain Kuhlman scores first goal with Boston Bruins

Esko native and former Minnesota Duluth captain Karson Kuhlman made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on Saturday in Los Angeles against the Kings. On Monday, in just his second game with Boston, he scored his first NHL goal to help the Bruins...

Boston Bruins center Karson Kuhlman (right) and left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) celebrate after Kuhlman scored against the San Jose Sharks during the first period Monday at SAP Center at San Jose. Neville E. Guard/USA TODAY Sports
Boston Bruins center Karson Kuhlman (right) and left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) celebrate after Kuhlman scored against the San Jose Sharks during the first period Monday at SAP Center at San Jose. Neville E. Guard/USA TODAY Sports

Esko native and former Minnesota Duluth captain Karson Kuhlman made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on Saturday in Los Angeles against the Kings. On Monday, in just his second game with Boston, he scored his first NHL goal to help the Bruins beat the Sharks 6-5 in overtime in San Jose.

The 23-year-old Kuhlman drove to the net late in the first period Monday night and put away a pass by Jake DeBrusk despite having Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic in his face.

Kuhl, calm, collected. @K_Kuhlman20 | #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/QiseOfP6OX - Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 19, 2019

Kuhlman is a former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton standout who played four years at UMD from 2014-18, leading the school to its second NCAA championship a year ago.

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He is the second former Bulldogs captain to pick up his first NHL goal in the last week after Dominic Toninato - the 2017 captain - scored his first with the Colorado Avalanche on Valentine's Day.

Kuhlman received his first NHL call-up last week after posting 12 goals and 13 assists in 50 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.

Co-host of the Bulldog Insider Podcast and college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey programs.
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