Travis Boyd Scores First Goal of the Season Against the Boston Bruins in First Game Since Being Recalled


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Throughout his time with the Capitals this season, forward Travis Boyd has made a case for more and regular playing time for Head Coach Todd Reirden, but a combination of salary cap constraints and a number of higher-priced bottom-six forwards already needing playing time have prevented the former sixth-round draft pick from getting a prime opportunity to establish himself in the lineup. However, when he has gotten the chance to play, the 177th overall pick in 2011 has produced, and added to that with a goal in the first period of the Capitals’ Saturday night contest against the Boston Bruins.

The goal came at the 14:27 mark of the opening frame in Beantown, tying the game 1-1. The goal came on assists from John Carlson and Brendan Leipsic and was Boyd’s first of the 2019-20 regular season, and his first since being recalled from the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.

Boyd’s daughter Hayden was pretty happy about her dad’s goal against the B’s:

Boyd now has five points (one goal, four assists) in six games played with the Caps this season, averaging 9:24 a game heading into the game against Boston, where through two periods he had played 6:12. Boyd’s 2018-19 season showed the offensive potential for the 26-year old, Hopkins, Minnesota native, as he recorded 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 53 games played, with a plus-60 rating and averaging 9:50 of ice time a night. However, the offseason signings of Garnet Hathaway, Richard Panik, and Leipsic, as well as the re-signing of Carl Hagelin created a roadblock for Boyd’s path to a regular role. Boyd’s continued production will serve him well in the pursuit of a regular role in the lineup.

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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  2. Anonymous says:

    Said it a million times… wish Boyd would stay up

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