Sprung By Sprong: Daniel Sprong Records First Point As A Washington Capital On Evgeny Kuznetsov’s First Goal of the Season

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Acquired by the Washington Capitals in a trade for defenseman Christian Djoos last season, forward Daniel Sprong has gotten his first long look under new Head Coach Peter Laviolette in a pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season. While he has seen irregular playing time, the 23-year old former second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins has made the most of ice time against his drafting team in the Capitals’ Tuesday night’s tilt in the Steel City, recording his first point in a Capitals sweater on a goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Entering the offensive zone, Sprong passed the puck over to linemate Jakub Vrana, whose subsequent shot deflected off Sprong’s stick, into and off of Pittsburgh netminder Casey DeSmith, and onto the waiting stick of Kuznetsov, who wasted no time in potting the rebound into the net for a 4-2 Capitals lead.

The goal marked Sprong’s first point as a member of the Capitals and was also Kuznetsov’s first goal of the 2020-21 season.

With the goal, Kuznetsov has now reached 392 points (121 goals, 171 assists) in his NHL career, putting him shy of the 400-point mark by eight points. Sprong has 31 points in 99 games (12 goals, 19 assists) at the end of two periods of play.

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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