Crowding The Crease And A Lit Lamp: Carl Hagelin Scores First Goal of the Season

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Carl Hagelin has been one of the Washington Capitals’ hardest-working forwards this season, stabilizing a line that often features Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway. On Thursday night against the New York Rangers, Hagelin scored his first goal of the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season.

With the Capitals down 2-0 nearing the end of the second period, Hathaway took a shot on New York goaltender Igor Shesterkin, while Hagelin crashed the net-front. As Hathaway’s shot hit the Rangers’ netminder, it deflected off of Hagelin’s wrist as the former Ranger attempted to knock the puck out of the air. The puck took an odd bounce over the glove of Shesterkin, and into the net, giving Hagelin his first goal of the season, also assisted by Michael Sgarbossa.

Heading into the game against New York, Hagelin had recorded one assist in 10 games played, averaging 15:51 of ice time a night. Despite this, his 55.9 Goals For Percentage at even-strength over the previous three campaigns ranks 48th among all NHL forwards with at least 100 Games Played.

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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