What A Rush! Capitals’ Line Rush of the Game: A Pair for “Conno”!

connoPhoto: Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

With five goals in the Capitals’ 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, there were plenty of plays and sequences to choose from for the Capitals’ Line Rush of the Night. However, one play in particular stood out and it gave the Capitals’ some breathing room for victory.

The Line Rush of the night came in the second period of play, and saw right wing Brett Connolly score his second goal of the night and his 19th of the 2018-19 season. Chipping a puck past a Flyers’ defenseman, Connolly took the puck up the left side (his off-side) and slowed his pace as he closed on Philly goalie Carter Hart, firing a dart over Hart’s shoulder, glove-side to give the Caps a 3-1, two-goal lead.

The goal was Connolly’s second of the game and was the fourth two-goal game of his NHL career. A former first-round pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning (sixth overall in 2010), Connolly found the offensive talent that he never could muster in stops in Tampa Bay and Boston before signing with the Caps on a one-year deal in the summer of 2016. Over the last three seasons, Connolly (who is in the midst of a career season as a pending unrestricted free agent) has scored 49 goals, which is good enough for fifth of any Capitals player in that span, behind only Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Nicklas Backstrom (in descending order).

Connolly is now one goal shy of his first 20-goal season of his career, and would be the fifth player on this season’s team to do so, following Ovechkin, Jakub Vrana, Tom Wilson, and Oshie.

John Walton with the call on Caps Radio:

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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