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Aleksi Heponiemi has night to remember, leads Florida Panthers to win

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Aleksi Heponiemi comes out onto the Little Caesars Arena ice all alone before making his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers on Jan. 30, 2021. He scored the game-winning goal in OT for good measure. // @FlaPanthers

Saturday was a night Aleksi Heponiemi will remember for a long, long time. Making his NHL debut, the 22-year-old center scored with 1:15 left in overtime to lead the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

For a player who just a year ago was struggling in the minor leagues, not only making it to The Show but being the difference with his first NHL goal nonetheless, well, it sure is hard not to feel good for the kid.

Saturday, he became the first player in Panthers history to score an OT goal in his NHL debut and only the fourth in NHL history to accomplish the feat.

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