A week ago, Capitals defenseman Tyler Lewington made his NHL debut in Ottawa against the Ottawa Senators in front of his family, getting on the scoresheet with a two-minute minor penalty. Exactly one week later, Lewington recorded his first career Gordie Howe Hat Trick (goal, assist, and fight) in his second career NHL game, against the same Ottawa Senators.
Lewington, a former seventh-round pick of the Capitals, recorded his first career assist and point on a first period goal by right wing Tom Wilson, a goal that gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead over the Sens. The helper can be seen below:
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) December 30, 2018
Lewington’s big night didn’t end there, as the young blueliner (inserted into the lineup due to the absence of Matt Niskanen) tallied his first NHL goal less than nine minutes later, when he fired the puck past Ottawa netminder Marcus Hogberg for his first NHL marker; the goal came on assists from Nicklas Backstrom and Jonas Siegenthaler. The goal can be seen below:
Lewington’s momentous second game got even bigger at the 15:36 mark of the second period, when he dropped the gloves with Ottawa’s Zack Smith, completing the Gordie Howe Hat Trick with one period left to play in the contest. Per Caps Senior Writer Mike Vogel, Lewington is the first Capitals defenseman to record a Gordie Howe Hat Trick in 28 years.
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) December 30, 2018
By Michael Fleetwood