Predators send Salomaki to minors after goal in NHL debut

Miikka Salomaki celebrates after scoring his first NHL goal Thursday against the Stars. On Friday he was sent back to the minors.

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The Nashville Predators have reassigned forward Miika Salomaki to the minors a day after he scored a goal in his NHL debut.

The Predators said Friday that Salomaki was going back to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

The 21-year-old from Finland scored off a rebound of his own shot on a breakaway in Nashville’s 3-2 overtime win Thursday night against Dallas. He had four shots on net and a game-high seven hits.

Nashville activated forwards Taylor Beck and Matt Cullen off injured reserve, prompting Salomaki’s move back to the minors.