Downtown Dowd — Ilya Samsonov Earns First NHL Point On Nic Dowd’s Long-Distance Empty Net Goal

In addition to winning his fourth game of the season and his second against the Philadelphia, Capitals’ goalie Ilya Samsonov earned his first career NHL Point against the Flyers on Thursday night. He provided the primary assist on Nic Dowd’s empty net goal near the end of third period.  

At the time of Dowd’s goal, the Caps were holding on to a slim 4-3 lead, having squandered a 4-1 lead after two periods. The Flyers’ goalie, Brian Elliott, had left the net to give the Flyers an extra attacker.

However, Samsonov passed the puck to forward Nic Dowd who shot it nearly 200 feet into the empty net with just 28 seconds to go in the game.

The Capitals’ announcers, Craig Laughlin and Joe Beninati were referring to Dowd as “Downtown Dowd”. This goal made the score 5-3 and insured a Caps win. This was Dowd’s second goal of the game.  Earlier he scored at 17:33 during second period.

Other than Dowd’s two goals and Samsonov’s first NHL point, this game was notable for John Carlson recording his 500th NHL point on a second period goal.

Dowd talked about the game and expressed his displeasure with the Caps nearly blown lead.

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1 Response to Downtown Dowd — Ilya Samsonov Earns First NHL Point On Nic Dowd’s Long-Distance Empty Net Goal

  1. Anonymous says:

    That is a thing of beauty.

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