Bringing the Fire: Hathaway, Sprong, & Eller Give Capitals 3-1 Lead Over Devils

The Washington Capitals opened the scoring early in Saturday’s matinee clash with the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Forward Garnet Hathaway gave the visiting team a 1-0 lead and 91 seconds later, forward Daniel Sprong extended that lead to 2-0. Just over midway through the first frame, center Lars Eller made it 3-0 for the Capitals.

Hathaway picked up his third goal of the season at the 3:36 mark in the first period from a great feed by defenseman Justin Schultz and forward Carl Hagelin.

He is now the 15th different Capital in 20 games to score the team’s first goal of the game.

Ninety-one seconds later at the 5:07 mark, Sprong netted his second goal in four games and gave the Capitals a 2-0 lead. Defensemen Brenden Dillon and John Carlson assisted, which is Carlson’s fourth straight game with a point.

Eller would score his fourth goal this season at the 13:40 mark in a 3-on-1 situation with forward Conor Sheary and captain Alex Ovecchkin.

The goal is Eller’s tenth point of the season in just his 16th game.

The Devils would convert on the power-play with a goal from center Nico Hischier, cutting the Capitals lead to 3-1.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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