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With the Washington Capitals mired in a struggle to put a consistent number of wins on the board over their last several games, Head Coach Peter Laviolette has juggled individual players in and out of the lineup, among those forward Daniel Sprong. After being a healthy scratch for the past three games, the 24-year old wasted no time during the Caps’ home tilt against the San Jose Sharks.
With the Capitals down 2-0, Sprong fired the puck past Sharks goaltender James Reimer for his seventh goal of the 2021-22 season, and first since being a healthy scratch for the past three games.
Sprong cuts the Sharks’ lead in half 🙌 pic.twitter.com/SmpSSGjTUX
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) January 27, 2022
The goal marked Sprong’s first tally since January 7, 2022 against the St. Louis Blues.
The goal was assisted by Nicklas Backstrom, who moved to within four helpers of passing Rod Brind’Amour for 48th all-time in NHL history, and within 11 of reaching the 1,000th point milestone.
Nicklas Backstrom picked up the primary assist on Sprong’s goal, his seventh assist of the season. Backstrom is now four assists shy of passing Rod Brind’Amour (732) for the 48th most assists in NHL history and 11 points shy of 1,000 career points.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) January 27, 2022
By Michael Fleetwood