March 11 2008 11:06PM
"Andrew Cogliano, ovvvvvertiiiiiiiime WINNER."
Kevin Quinn of Sportsnet squealed like he's never squealed before when Edmonton Oilers rookie Andrew Cogliano pounded the puck behind Manny Legace to beat the St. Louis Blues 4–3 at Rexall Place last night. And why not?
Cogliano's overtime winner was his third straight, establishing an NHL record. Wayne Gretzky never did it. Neither did Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, Mark Messier, Gordie Howe, Rocket Richard. Pick a name. Pick an era. It's never been done.
Call the Hall. Save the puck. Cogliano stands alone.
"I don't know what to say. I'm kind of in shock," Cogliano said of his record-setting goal. "It's fun for myself, it's pretty cool for a young guy to do this. I didn't plan on this at the beginning of the year, that's for sure."
Didn’t plan this at the beginning of the year? I guess not. Cogliano was a long shot to make the team out of training camp after opting to leave the University of Michigan to turn pro.
The 20-year-old speedster leads the Oilers with five game-winning goals. He's scored seven goals in the last eight games and has 16 on the season. Now, he's in the record book.
"I'm pretty lucky right now scoring goals like this," Cogliano said.
Luck has nothing to do with it, kid.
—Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 5pm on Total Sports with Bob Stauffer on Team 1260.