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Matt Luff’s First NHL Goal Gives LA Kings a Big Win

Matt Luff scored his first NHL goal against the St. Louis Blues… and let us tell you, it was a beauty. 

The 6-foot-2, 21-year-old rookie was competing in his sixth NHL game after being called up from the Ontario Reign. He impressed the Kings during his rookie camp in 2016, and was signed to a three-year entry-level contract. 

Video: LAK@STL: Luff nets the first goal of his career

The goal came with just over eight minutes left in the second period and gave the LA Kings the lead.  

“I just kind of blacked out and shot my shot and it went in,” Luff said.

Shooters shoot, right?

Tweet from @LAKings: “[Adrian Kempe] is a good passer and just put it right on my stick. It wasn’t a perfect shot, but I’m just happy it went in” – Matt Luff being ever so modest after netting his first career goal pic.twitter.com/auoRQ95bsJ

Tweet from @LAKings: Congratulations, Matt Luff! 👏#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/hcB2KM1MHg

Tweet from @ontarioreign: MATT LUFF FIRST CAREER NHL GOAL!!!! pic.twitter.com/7FirPCpxs4

Peterson, who recorded his first career shutout the same night, knew right away Luff had scored due to his goofy celebration.

“I didn’t really actually realize it was him until the celebration,” Petersen said. “You know he always has some kind of goofy celebration so I knew right away from that.”

Luff admits he’s been trying to cool it on the celebrations, but this goal was just too exciting.

“I usually have the worst celebrations, but I wasn’t thinking about it. I think I just threw my arm in the air and jumped into Kempe so that’s about it,” Luff said. 

Can you blame him? That’s a hug we’d like to be a part of.

Tweet from @Patrick_ONeal: Congrats to Matt Luff on his 1st career goal in the NHL. Great shot! Now let���s see it lead to a W! #GoKingsGo

Tweet from @lakingsinsider: Matt Luff, first career goal! High glove. Really nice saucer pass from Kempe on a high-speed two-on-one-and-a-half. Big smile! 1-0 #LAKings.

Tweet from @TippettOwen: Congrats @Matt_Luff25 first of many #dab https://t.co/doctygDJgC

Luff admits he feels a weight has been lifted off his shoulders, as it’s always a relief to get the first one out of the way.

“I think I settled in a little bit. I think I still have got to compete and get to the net and get to the dirty areas to keep scoring and keep using my linemates and I think we’ll be good,” Luff said.

Tweet from @LAKings: .@Matt_Luff25 will tell his children’s children how he scored his first career goal …and immediately got to hug @AdrianKempe and @CarlHagelin.#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/s2KUWF0TG3

Tweet from @jessimac17: Matt Luff with a snipe of a shot. He picks the right corner before Allen has time to come out and cut the angle. First NHL goal for Luff and first of the game for the Kings who now have a 1-0 lead.

Tweet from @KingsMenPodcast: I really like Matt Luff.

Tweet from @BaileyLAKings: Way to go MATT LUFF! pic.twitter.com/oOWxglHoN0

Coach Willie Desjardins admits it was a good night for the youngsters.

“It was a great night for ’em. Cal’s been very good for us, all the way through. It was good for Luff. When I sent him down last time, I talked to him about working harder, and he came back and he’s worked harder,” Dejardins said.

All the hard work Luff and Petersen have put in has paid off, and we bet the two of them will remember that game for while.

“I gave him a hug on the ice and I couldn’t have picked a better day for it to happen with him getting a shutout,” Luff said. “He’s probably one of the best kids so I’m happy it happened to him.”

Here’s to the first of many!

Tweet from @kayaubrianna: I like it.I luff it.I want some more of it.#LAKings

Tweet from @taylorcray32: All the Luff jokes came real quick and dang they���re good 😂 @LAKings #GoKingsGo #ILuffIt

Tweet from @RobinR_84: MATT LUFF!!! Congratulations first NHL GOAL!!!!!! 🚨🚨🚨🚨 #LAKings

Tweet from @LAKings: Matt Luff learning from the professionals……about which hair products help get you that nice head of lettuce. pic.twitter.com/OtIexSs686

Tweet from @LAKings: A night these two guys will always remember 🙌#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/uXSk9em2iz



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