Former Capitals’ Prospect Zach Sanford Scores Four Goals In 6-5 Overtime Loss To Vegas Knights

Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Former Washington Capitals’ Forward prospect Zach Sanford had the game of his young career Thursday night. Sanford scored four goals in the St. Louis Blues 6-5 overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sanford, 25, became the first Blues player since David Backes in 2015 to score four goals in one game. Only Red Berenson, with his six-goal contest on Nov. 7, 1968 against the Philadelphia Flyers, has scored more for the Blues.

“He was unbelievable in the game,” coach Craig Berube said. “Best player on both teams.”

Sanford now has 12 goals and 13 assists in 44 games played for the Blues so far this season. He has 20 goals and 29 assists in 144 career games in the NHL.

Sanford, a second round draft pick by the Washington Capitals in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, was sent to St. Louis as part of the deal that brought defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to the Capitals in February, 2017.

Sanford had two goals and an assist in 26 games played with the Capitals prior to being traded to the Blues.

Sanford’s four-goal game on Thursday night occurred in front of Sanford’s childhood friend from Manchester, New Hampshire, Brett Glendye, who accompanied the team on the Blues’ Dads’ Trip.

“It was hopefully fun for him,” Sanford said. “But it’s obviously a tough loss. I’m glad he could be here and enjoy this with me.”

Sanford’s father, Mike, died in September 2018 during Blues training camp. Sanford told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Obviously, I really want to have him here, but I think he was watching over tonight and maybe helping out a little bit too.”

Sanford made news in December of 2018 when he got into a fight with teammate Robert Bortuzzo in a Blues practice. The altercation came when the Blues were bottoming-out, and just prior to their historic run in 2019 that eventually led to them winning the Stanley Cup.

Thursday night’s tilt with Vegas was the Blues first game since veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode in the first period of Tuesday’s game in Anaheim.

By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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2 Responses to Former Capitals’ Prospect Zach Sanford Scores Four Goals In 6-5 Overtime Loss To Vegas Knights

  1. Clifford Keefe says:

    If you’ll recall, when Jakub Vrana first came up with the Capitals in 2016 he showed flashes of what he’s now become. But Barry Trotz sent him down and kept Zach Sanford instead. When startled beat writers–who thought more of Vrana than they did of Sanford back then–asked what went into Barry’s decision to go with Zach, his response was that “Zack is a REAL hockey player…”

    At the time I didn’t totally disagree….I tend to like young 6’4″ 200+ pound power forwards who actually play to their size instead of hanging out on the perimeter making cutesy plays trying to imitate Denis Savard.

    But I thought Vrana had the skill (and the motivation) to stay. And Barry–who was famous for flip flopping with his youngsters, confusing the hell out of them and then saying weird things when questioned about his moves afterwards–eventually traded Zach Sanford to St. Louis for Kevin Shattenkirk–and Zach, if you’ll remember–had just scored goals in two of the last three games that he played for us… Now we don’t have either of them–or Barry Trotz for that matter–and that’s that…

    Power forwards typically take longer to develop than their smaller counterparts, and the staff’s calculated gamble that Captain ‘Kirk would pan out didn’t bear fruit. But my feeling is that as long as he remains healthy, Sanford is going to be a real thorn in the ass to his opponents for years to come…



    • Jon Sorensen says:

      With ya Clifford, i always thought Sanford could play at NHL level. I don’t think he’ll be a superstar, but certainly capable. We had the chance to interview him when he was here, good kid, head is screwed on right.

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