Nic Dowd Scores First Career Playoff Goal on Penalty Shot in Game 5


Prior to the season, Capitals’ center Nic Dowd was an unknown to the Caps, in terms of his playing ability and how effective he could replace longtime fourth-line center Jay Beagle, who departed the team in free agency. However, through the regular season and into the playoffs Dowd has been the recipient of a new, three-year contract and can now add his first career playoff goal to his career season. The best part: it came on a penalty shot.

After a career regular season in which he scored eight goals and recorded 22 points in 64 games played, the Caps rewarded Dowd with a three-year contract to show their faith in him as the team’s fourth-line center. But Dowd’s most memorable play of the season came during the third period of the Capitals’ 6-0 Game 5 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Sent off on a breakaway, Dowd’s stick was slashed in half by Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Dowd was awarded a penalty shot and with a neat fake, beat Hurricanes’ goalie Petr Mrazek to give the Caps a 5-0 lead.

Per the Capitals, the goal is the first postseason penalty shot goal in franchise history and was Dowd’s first goal of the postseason (his first trip to the spring tournament in his career); the penalty shot was also the first since an attempt by Joe Juneau against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1996.

Dowd is also the second player from Alabama to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, joining Jared Ross, who scored a goal for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010.

The Capitals head to Carolina for Game 6 on Monday night at 7:00 P.M.

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. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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