Marcus Foligno's Brother Nick Sees His 1st NHL Goal from Opposing Bench

Stan Fischler@StanFischlerContributor IMarch 13, 2012

OTTAWA, CANADA - OCTOBER 20: Marcus Foligno #82 of the Buffalo Sabres skates in his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place on December 20, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Rookie Marcus Foligno, son of former Sabre Mike Foligno, scored his first NHL goal on Saturday in the Buffalo Sabres' 4-3 shootout win over Ottawa Senators.

Foligno’s tally tied the game at 3-3 with 5:54 left in regulation.

Just as important as his timely goal was Foligno showing his willingness to play a physical style.

Some in the media have speculated that the Sabres felt Foligno was ready to provide that power-forward type of role, which made Zack Kassian expendable.

"It was better timing than anything. Hard work paid off there," Foligno told the Buffalo News. "I got a lucky bounce and I was really happy to tie the game up for the guys and really happy to contribute. I was hoping I could score. Whenever you could contribute like that, it's huge."

Interestingly, Foligno's brother, Nick, was in the game for Ottawa and was able to see his brother's first career tally. 

Nick Foligno's reaction to the goal: "I was happy and [ticked] off at the same time."

Marcus Foligno will try and stick with the Sabres the rest of the stretch run and avoid a demotion to the AHL's Rochester Americans, where he had 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points.

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