Esko native and former Minnesota Duluth captain Karson Kuhlman made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on Saturday in Los Angeles against the Kings. On Monday, in just his second game with Boston, he scored his first NHL goal to help the Bruins beat the Sharks 6-5 in overtime in San Jose.

The 23-year-old Kuhlman drove to the net late in the first period Monday night and put away a pass by Jake DeBrusk despite having Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic in his face.

Kuhlman is a former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton standout who played four years at UMD from 2014-18, leading the school to its second NCAA championship a year ago.

He is the second former Bulldogs captain to pick up his first NHL goal in the last week after Dominic Toninato - the 2017 captain - scored his first with the Colorado Avalanche on Valentine's Day.

Kuhlman received his first NHL call-up last week after posting 12 goals and 13 assists in 50 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.