It took Jack Skille 20 games to get his first goal with the Vancouver Canucks. Once he did last Thursday, he just kept going.
Skille, a Madison native and former University of Wisconsin men's hockey player, scored twice at Tampa Bay, then added another goal two days later at Florida.
After making the Canucks roster as a player invited to training camp on a tryout contract, the 10-year NHL veteran struggled to get on the score sheet.
Two of his three goals last week came on solo rushes up the right wing.
The first, on Thursday:
JACK SKILLE! Awesome move to keep the puck moving forward and then a beautiful shot to score for the Nucks! pic.twitter.com/4XdccNECdh— NHL 365 (@NHLDaily365) December 9, 2016
The third, on Saturday:
Via Redditor PhenomenonYT. No seriously, who is this guy and what has he done with Jack Skille? pic.twitter.com/4ADBZHKE4c— Andy Cole (@AndyCole84) December 11, 2016
Here are some updates on former Badgers in pro hockey:
• Two former UW players are among the NHL's top five in plus-minus rating. Minnesota's Ryan Suter is fourth at plus-17 and Pittsburgh's Justin Schultz is fifth at plus-16.
• Defensemen Jake Gardiner of Toronto and Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers both have three-game point streaks intact. McDonagh, however, had to miss Tuesday's game because of the flu.
• Tucson forward Michael Mersch and Ontario defenseman Jamie McBain had big performances against each other last Friday in the AHL. Mersch had a pair of third-period goals, but McBain posted his third assist of the game on the overtime winner while Mersch was in the penalty box.
• Three former UW forwards were on the move: Joseph LaBate was sent down to the AHL's Utica Comets on Sunday; Tyler Barnes was sent down to the ECHL's Indy Fuel; and Brad Navin was signed by the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies on Tuesday.