Former Capitals Forward Jakub Vrana Nets Four Goals In Red Wings’ 7-3 Win Over Stars

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Former Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana scored four goals in the Detroit Red Wings’ 7-3 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday for the second hat trick of his career. His first came on November 3, 2019, in the Capitals’ 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.

9:50 into the first, Vrana roofed a one-timer from the high right dot after forward Filip Zadina put the puck on a tee for him right next to him.

The 25-year-old gave the Red Wings a 4-1 lead 6:50 into the second when he tipped in defenseman Danny DeKeyser’s shot from out high in the slot.

Vrana earned the hat-trick with 9:52 left in the third after stripping Stars defenseman John Klingberg at his own blueline and ripping one past the blocker of Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger. Vrana’s hat-trick goal on November 3, 2019, also came on a breakaway.

Vrana pounced on a rebound on a backhand from the low right dot after Oettinger robbed DeKeyser’s shot from out high with the right pad for his fourth goal of the game and 16th of the season with 4:12 left.

Former Capitals forward Richard Panik earned his first goal with the Red Wings, driving to the net and pouncing a loose puck behind the pad of Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin after throwing the puck toward him from the blue line to make it 3-0 with 11 seconds remaining in the first period.

The Capitals dealt Vrana, Panik, a 2021 first-round pick, and a 2022 second-round pick to the Red Wings for forward Anthony Mantha, who is the first player in NHL history to score in each of his first four games with his new team following an in-season trade and has four goals and five points in five games with the Capitals, on April 12. Vrana has five goals and six points in four games since the trade and Panik has one goal.

The last time a Red Wings player scored four goals in one game was on October 6, 2019, when Mantha got four against the Stars in a 4-3 win.

The Red Wings currently sit seventh out of the eight-team Central Division with a 17-25-7 record and are currently 11 points behind the Nashville Predators, who have a game in hand on them, for the final Stanley Cup Playoff spot.

Mantha, 26, saw his five-game goal-streak, where he tallied five goals and six points, end in the Capitals’ 1-0 shootout win over the New York Islanders on Thursday.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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3 Responses to Former Capitals Forward Jakub Vrana Nets Four Goals In Red Wings’ 7-3 Win Over Stars

  1. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Jakub!

  2. Novafyre says:

    first you say “Mantha, . . . has four goals and five points in five games” then in the last paragraph you say “Mantha, 26, saw his five-game goal-streak, where he tallied five goals and six points”

    Don’t think you can have it both ways.

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