Playing in place of Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who was unable to play in Canada since he tested positive for COVID-19 eight days ago, left-wing Joe Snively scored the first goal of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday. It was the first career NHL goal for the 26-year-old, who was born in Herndon, Virginia.
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Snively said during a first intermission interview, “that is one I’m going to remember, for sure.”
He becomes the third Virginia-born player to score a goal in the NHL.
Snively, who leads the AHL’s Hershey Bears with 38 points (including 15 goals) in 35 games, has three points in six NHL games.
Snively played for the Little Caps as a mite.
By Harrison Brown