Make It Three! Justin Schultz Records First Three-Point Game In Three Years, Records Goal And Two Assists Against the Buffalo Sabres

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Since being signed to a two-year, $8 million contract in free agency during the 2020 offseason, Washington Capitals defenseman Justin Schultz has been a welcome addition to the team’s blueline, adding an offensive boost to an already-loaded group that includes John Carlson and defensively-sound members in Brenden Dillon and Zdeno Chara. During the Capitals’ Friday night victory over the Buffalo Sabres, Schultz continued his productivity, recording three points for the first time in three years.

Schultz’ first point came on the first goal of the game, which came in the first period on a goal by Dillon. The goal marked Schultz’ 17th assist of the 2020-21 season.

The second point of the night came on a goal from Schultz himself, at the 28-second mark of the second frame. The goal marked Schultz’ third goal of the season.

Schultz’ third and final point of the night came on a third period goal by Jakub Vrana, a smooth backhand pass to put the Capitals ahead by 4-2.

The goal was Schultz’ 15th primary helper of the campaign, and put him further in the Top 5 tier of defenseman in terms of primary assists this season.

The three-point night was Schultz’ first in over three years, with his last coming as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 25, 2018.

After the game, Schultz spoke on his three-point effort, saying:

“I enjoy it. You know, obviously we’ve got a lot of talented forwards, you just try to move it up to them, they skate so well and do a good job in the o-zone so you just try to get open for them most of the time, all that matters is getting the wins.”

On making his pass to Vrana, Schultz credited the forwards with making the play happen:

“Our forward made a great wall play to get it to me. I was just going to shoot it but ‘V’ did a great job of yelling for the puck and I got lucky, put it in his wheelhouse; he’s got a great one-timer so anytime you can get it to him in that area you’ve got a pretty good chance of getting it in”. 

Schultz was rewarded for his night by being named the First Star of the Game.

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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