Morgan Geekie has had a phenomenal start to his National Hockey League career. Following a Saturday recall from the Carolina Hurricanes’ affiliate Charlotte, the 21-year-old forward suited up for his first game the following afternoon, where he potted two goals and an assist in dramatic fashion, scoring on both his shots, to help Carolina to a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Following an off day on Monday, Geekie and his Hurricanes teammates were back at it again Tuesday – this time in Detroit for another important clash with the Red Wings. Once again, Geekie delivered, scoring the game’s opening goal just 8:58 into the contest.
Geekie received a neutral zone breakout pass from defenceman Jake Gardiner before dishing the puck off to Warren Foegele. He then received a return drop pass inside the Red Wings’ zone, before walking to the top of the circle and ripping a wrist shot high, glove side past goaltender Jonathan Bernier, for his third goal on three shots – a new Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes record.
The Strathclair, Manitoba product saw his 100 percent shooting streak come to an end following his goal Tuesday, as Geekie’s second shot of the game was turned aside by Bernier. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound forward’s goal helped Carolina secure its third-straight victory, which has kept the team locked into the first Eastern Conference Wild Card spot, and tied in the standings with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Geekie’s icetime saw a positive bump on Tuesday, as he skated in 13:12 of action, compared to his 10:22 on Sunday. Once again, Geekie collected 1:45 of power play time, while upping his shorthanded time on ice to over one minute – a new career high. His face-off percentage was also up to 75 percent from the 43 percent he registered on Sunday. The Hurricanes next play the Devils in Newark on Thursday evening.