Capitals’ Vitek Vanecek on NHL Debut, 2-1 Victory Over Sabres: “The Dream Came True”

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Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek made his NHL debut Friday night as the Capitals clashed with the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. A first career NHL game is one a player will never forget. The night became even better as the Capitals pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Sabres.

“The dream came true,” Vanecek said about playing his first career NHL game. “I’m so happy we won.” After that statement, Vanecek got a shaving cream towel to the face courtesy of forward Tom Wilson.

He noted he was a “little bit nervous”, but got comfortable and “better” as the game went on. “It feels so good,” Vanecek said to finally play in an NHL game.

Defenseman Justin Schultz was also on the call and expressed how Vanecek played a “huge” role in their win over Buffalo. “We weren’t playing well in front of him…he kept us in it.”

Hockey hugs for Vanecek followed the game by his teammates.

The 25-year-old made 30 saves in tonight’s game.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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