Throw the Snake Some Hats! Jakub Vrana Records First Career Hat Trick Against Calgary Flames

In the Capitals’ Friday night game against the Buffalo Sabres, forward Jakub Vrana came ever-so close to the first three-goal game of his NHL career, scoring twice against the Sabres. During Sunday night’s game against the visiting Calgary Flames, with the Washington Nationals in the crowd, Vrana followed up his two-goal performance with the first “hatty” of his NHL career.

Vrana’s first two goals of the night came in the first period against Calgary, scoring his first marker at the 11:01 mark of the first period, on assists from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson.

Vrana’s second tally came just 4:07 later, unassisted. The goal gave the Caps a 2-1 lead at the time.

Vrana’s third tally of the night gave the home team their second lead of the night, this time on another assist from Kuznetov and Michal Kempny.

Vrana’s third goal gave him his first career hat trick and the 145th in franchise history, with the 2014 first-round pick becoming the 45th different player to net a three-goal game. The hat trick sent the Nationals, who celebrated their World Series victory prior to the game, into a frenzy.

The three goals were Vrana’s seventh, eighth, and ninth on the season and he becomes just the sixth player in the history of the franchise to score the team’s first goal five or more times within the first 16 contests of the season.

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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