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St. Louis Blues' Joel Edmundson celebrates after scoring during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks Friday, March 25, 2016, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) St. Louis Blues' Joel Edmundson celebrates after scoring during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks Friday, March 25, 2016, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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ST. LOUIS - It took 60 games into his NHL career for Joel Edmundson to score his first goal and other than seeing it fly into the back of the net he can’t remember much about it.

“I blacked out after I scored,” the Blues’ defender said with a sly smile following his team's 4-0 victory. “It was a special moment for me and my family and I’m pretty happy about it.”

St. Louis was in control of the entire game against Vancouver and held a 3-0 lead after the first 40 minutes of play. The Blues smothered the Canucks in the third allowing only one shot through the first half of the period. With sustained pressure in the offensive zone and about eight minutes to play, Vladimir Tarasenko threw a reverse hit on Canuck defenseman Nikita Tryamkin to come away from the boards with the puck. Tarasenko then sent the puck across ice to a wide open Edmundson who drilled the biscuit top shelf.


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The exuberance emanated from Edmundson through the sold out arena and no one was immune to the feeling.

“I was pumped,” said Brian Elliott, who had the best seat in the house. “I don’t usually get too excited about our goals, but when a guy like that - he’s been working so hard all year playing so well - and then he buries a nice clapper top cheese. It’s nice to see.”

Perhaps no one else was more excited to see Edmundson tally his first goal than his roommate and fellow rookie Robby Fabbri.

“I think I almost hopped over the boards there,” said Fabbri who also scored during Friday's victory bringing his season total to 18. “It's tough after every game to keep telling him to keep shooting, keep shooting because it's going to come. He's had some great opportunities and I'm just happy for him. I think everyone was really excited. He’s been wanting it for a while and it was a nice one.”

Now that he’s finally lit the lamp, Edmundson warns against anyone expecting him to rack up the same numbers as Fabbri especially with seven games remaining in the regular season. 

“Everyone knows it’s not my game to score goals. So it’s just a little extra pat on the back when I score. It was a long wait but I’m happy I got it over with.”

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