Worth the Work: Michal Kempny Scores First Goal in Over Two Years In Game Against the Philadelphia Flyers

Washington Capitals

During the Washington Capitals’ run to their first Stanley Cup championship in 2018, defenseman Michal Kempny played a key part after being acquired in a trade mid-season. However the nearly four years since that Stanley Cup run have been trying for the blueliner and in Thursday night’s contest against the Philadelphia Flyers, Kempny notched his first goal in over two years.

With just over a minute left in the first period of the Capitals’ game against the Flyers, Kempny scored his first goal of the 2021-22 season on assists from Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway.

The goal marked Kempny’s first goal since October 25, 2019. In that time period, a hamstring injury, Achilles tendon tear, and a setback during a rehabilitation stint with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears pushed back Kempny’s return to the Capitals’ lineup. Kempny’s goal gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead, marking their league-leading 35th time scoring first.

In eight games this season, Kempny has one goal, and one assist with one period left to play in the Caps’ tilt against Philly at the time of writing.

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. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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2 Responses to Worth the Work: Michal Kempny Scores First Goal in Over Two Years In Game Against the Philadelphia Flyers

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good job Kemps. It’s been awhile since he played and was ok. Two penalties were the ugly part.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Those two penalties were killers. Not on the scoreboard, but for a guy who is trying to work his way back into the regular lineup. I see him still as a 7th or 8th defenseman, at best.

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