Mikhail Grigorenko scored his first NHL goal Jan. 29. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Best Sabres photos of 2013: Mikhail Grigorenko’s first NHL goal

Over the next few days, ace photographer Dan Hickling will be sharing and talking about some of his favorite shots from 2013.

Take it away, Dan …

Mikhail Grigorenko’s rookie season was dismal by every measure, except for one. Goal celebration. The highly skilled Sabres’ first-rounder of 2013 (12th overall) scored just once during the truncated lockout season — Jan. 29 on a backhander against Toronto goalie James Reimer. But he didn’t get cheated on the celly, nor did I on the chance to shoot it. After popping in his shot, the overjoyed Russian made a bee-line for the boards, and my photo hole. This, I think, is what it feels like to score one’s first NHL goal.

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