Zach Sanford Scores First NHL Goal, Game Winner

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Even before Andre Burakovsky was sidelined by a broken hand in the Capitals’ game against the Detroit Red Wings, rookie Zach Sanford had been patiently waiting for game action since being recalled. And in his first game played since being recalled, he rewarded them with his first NHL goal.

Sanford’s first NHL goal would be a big one. With the game tied 4-4 late in the third period, and the Caps having just gave up a two goal lead, Brett Connolly slammed on the breaks in the offensive zone and dished a pass across to Sanford, who ripped a shot past Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson to put the Caps ahead 5-4.The Caps would go on to  beat the Ducks 6-4.

Drafted by the Capitals in the second-round (61st overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Sanford was signed by the Capitals to an entry-level contract this past summer. After starting the season with the team, he was sent to Hershey after struggling to produce offensively.

In 21 games played with the Capitals this season, Sanford has one goal and an assist. In 24 games played with the Bears, he has recorded 14 points (nine goals, five assists). With the Capitals possibly losing some key forwards in free agency this summer, Sanford could see an increased role next season during training camp.

Head coach Barry Trotz spoke with the media following the game, in which he was asked about Sanford’s play in the game.


NoVa Caps congratulates Zach on this incredible milestone!

By Michael Fleetwood

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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4 Responses to Zach Sanford Scores First NHL Goal, Game Winner

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  2. larry robillard says:

    great job Zach, Ive been following your career Mr. Robillard

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