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Entering Tuesday night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals defenseman Nick Jensen had scored just two goals in 143 Games Played in a Washington sweater, both coming last season. However, unlike the length of time it took to score his first goal, this goal took less than two periods into the team’s third game of the 2021-22 season for the Capitals’ No. 3 to light the lamp.
With the Caps and Avs tied 1-1 at the 16:53 mark of the second frame, Jensen found himself on a 3-on-1 with fellow rearguard Dmitry Orlov and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. A give-and-go with Orlov saw Jensen fire the puck top-corner past Avs goaltender Darcy Kuemper; Orlov and Tom Wilson were credited with assists on the play.
Give and go perfection 💯 pic.twitter.com/x2xRJ3uTdI
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 19, 2021
The goal was the St. Cloud State product’s ninth career goal and third as a member of the Capitals, who acquired him in a trade in February 2019 that also involved former Capitals defenseman Madison Bowey; it also marked his first point of the new season. According to The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, it also marked Jensen’s first goal in the Caps’ home barn.
That was Nick Jensen’s first goal at Capital One Arena. #Caps
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) October 20, 2021
In 143 Games Played with the Capitals entering tonight’s contest, Jensen had recorded two goals and 25 assists.
By Michael Fleetwood