Fourth-Line Force: Capitals’ Fourth-Line Continues Its Consistency In First Game After the All-Star Break

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During the course of the 2020-21 season, the Washington Capitals’ fourth-line of Carl Hagelin, Nic Dowd, and Garnet Hathaway was arguably the team’s most consistent line, adding a little bit of everything on a nightly basis. A season later, the trio has continued to be a hard-working, consistent line for Head Coach Peter Laviolette and in the early going of the team’s first game since the All-Star break, “The People’s Line” put the host Caps to an early lead.

In the final three minutes of the first period, Hathaway put the Capitals ahead 1-0, with assists from Dowd and Hagelin. The goal marked Hathaway’s eighth of the season, and continues his career-high Points per Game pace.

The assists by Dowd and Hagelin moved each closer to 100 and 300 career points, respectively.

The line’s hard-nosed play paid off early in the second frame when Dowd put home his seventh goal of the season on a lucky bounce to give the Caps a 2-0 lead, on assists from defenseman Martin Fehervary and Hagelin.

The goal marked Dowd’s third multi-point of the 2021-22 regular season and the sixth occasion in which the Caps have scored in the opening minute of a period. Hagelin’s second assist of the game marked his second multi-point contest of the season. Dowd’s play earned him a contract extension earlier in the season.

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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2 Responses to Fourth-Line Force: Capitals’ Fourth-Line Continues Its Consistency In First Game After the All-Star Break

  1. Anonymous says:

    Where would the team be without 4th line scoring?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Moot. Caps are mediocre at best. 14 in computer rankings. Team is on getting old fast. Window is shut. Rebuild around the corner.

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