When Pierre Engvall scored in the first period of Saturday night's 4-3 win in Florida, he gave the New York Islanders a 2-1 lead and accomplished quite an interesting and unusual feat.
Engvall scored his third goal of the season, and all three have come in three different games. He scored his first of the season on Nov. 15 at Vancouver and then again on Nov. 30 at Carolina. Why are we mentioning this? It's because Engvall has now scored 50 career goals, and they have all come in 50 different games. It's not nearly as impressive as Mike Bossy's 50-in-50, but almost just as rare.
Per team and MSG Networks statistician Eric Hornick, no active NHL forward has scored more goals without a multi-goal game – or scored more goals before his first multi-goal game.
Engvall signed a seven-year extension with the Islanders on Jul. 1 with a reasonable AAV of $3M a season after scoring five goals and four assists in 18 games after being acquired by GM Lou Lamoriello from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2024 third-round draft pick. Through 22 games this season, Engvall, with goals in back-to-back games, now has three goals and nine assists for 12 points while playing with Brock Nelson and Kyle Palmieri.
Engvall is playing around to his market value thus far this season, but if he's going to exceed it, the 27-year-old will eventually need to have some multi-goal games. He scored 15 goals in 2021-22 in 78 games and 17 last season in a combined 76 with Toronto and the Islanders. He has 20-goal potential and after a slow start finding the back of the net this season, a few two-goal games along the way will likely be needed for him to get there. If not, he'll just add on to his lead in this amusing category.