Andre Burakovsky Finally Breaks Through

Andre Burakovsky began the season on the top line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie, but has struggled ever since.  Trotz needed to make a change to his lineup. He chose to switch things up during Thursday’s practice, as Tom Wilson was moved to the top line while Burakovsky went down to the third line. After last night’s game, it looks like the move won’t create any bro drama anytime soon. 

Burakovsky scored the first Capitals goal of the game and his first goal of the season late in the second period to tie the game at one.

The Capitals would go on to rally from a 3-2 deficit to win in overtime 4-3 on a game-tying goal by Oshie (primary assist by Burakovsky) and a game-winner by Alex Ovechkin.

Applying “Inspiration”
Last season, Burakovsky scored the first two goals of the Capitals season but couldn’t score again until December. The trick that got him to score at the time was a seat in the press box for three straight games. In his first game back, he scored in Philadelphia.

This time around it was a line demotion. But it seems like Burakovsky has done well on the third line and has had good chemistry with Brett Connolly and Lars Eller. So in the grand scheme of things, it might’ve actually been a promotion.

The Caps look to make it two in a row tonight as they welcome the Florida Panthers to Capital One Arena for  a 7 p.m. puck drop.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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3 Responses to Andre Burakovsky Finally Breaks Through

  1. Was glad he got his first goal. He told Tarik El-Bashir during the second intermission interview that everything in the NHL is about confidence. Hopefully this tally propels him into a scoring streak!


  2. Pingback: Andre Burakovsky’s Road to Recovery | NoVa Caps

  3. Pingback: Andre Burakovsky Scores Twice in Dallas, Makes Big Impact in Capitals Overtime Win | NoVa Caps

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