During the second period of the Capitals’ Monday night game against the St. Louis Blues, Andre Burakovsky had a highlight-reel goal for the ages. The goal was his 11th of the season and gave the Caps a 3-1 lead. Washington would go on to win the game 4-2.
From center ice, Nicklas Backstrom found his fellow Swede, who then headed into the Blues’ zone and took Vince Dunn to school. With the puck on his stick, Burakovsky put the puck around his left leg in between both of his own legs. Dunn tried to go for the puck but couldn’t get his stick on it in time and by then Burakovsky was gone with only goaltender Jake Allen to beat. Burakovsky went top shelf on the right corner to put the Caps ahead 3-1.
“I just came with some speed in the neutral zone, got a good pass from Nick, tried to take the inside a little bit first but then I saw (Dunn) was more protecting the inside than the outside so I was just trying to get the puck around him. I wasn’t thinking too much, it just happened and it worked out pretty good,” said Burakovsky.
Burakovsky has had a roller coaster season. From a slow start, to a left thumb injury that sidelined him for almost eight weeks, now he has started to find his game with three points in his last four games.
“It’s really important that our young guys get these experiences. Andre had a tough start of the year, obviously, he had a long drought, got hurt, he missed a lot of time and he’s skating really well. He’s such a skilled player and you saw it with that goal,” said Capitals bench boss Barry Trotz.
Burakovksy looks to have a big impact on the Capitals during this upcoming playoff run and his recent stretch and a highlight goal such as this one will help boost his confidence heading into the postseason.
By Michael Marzzacco