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While most of the Capitals entered last week’s All-Star break with plenty of game action to rest hard-worked muscles and get some much-needed relaxation, Capitals forward Travis Boyd headed into the bye week having not played a minute of game action since the last day of December (12/31). And while one might expect the former sixth-round pick to be sluggish in the team’s first game following the break (with Alex Ovechkin sitting out as a result of skipping the All-Star Game), Boyd proved to be just the opposite by scoring a goal in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens.
Boyd, who last played on December 31 against the New York Islanders, scored the Capitals’ second goal of the night at the 2:03 mark of the second period, just after the conclusion of a power play. Brendan Leipsic and Evgeny Kuznetsov were credited with assists on the play.
Boyder called bank! pic.twitter.com/ur3BBUS5h6
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 28, 2020
The goal was Boyd’s third of the 2019-20 season and pushed his point total to nine (three goals, six assists) in 20 games played. With the addition of bottom-six forwards in Leipsic and Garnet Hathaway last summer, Boyd has had sparing chances to play on a regular basis, but has proven to be relatively effective when given ice time by Head Coach Todd Reirden. In the final year of a two-year deal, Boyd now has 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) in 81 games played in his NHL career.
By Michael Fleetwood