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The Washington Capitals’ first period against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night was a good start on the road, but through 40 minutes of play, the visitors to Madison Square Garden had accumulated an impressive 3-0 lead thanks in part to Erik Gustafsson.
Gustafsson, who scored his first goal and a hat trick as a member of the Caps since signing a one-year contract in free agency this past summer on December 17 , scored his fifth goal of the 2022-23 season at the 17:01 mark of the middle frame on assists from Conor Sheary and Dylan Strome.
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The goal comes after Gustafsson recorded an assist on Marcus Johansson’s first period tally, which extended his point streak to five games; the contest against New York is the 30-year old’s third multi-point effort in those five games. In that stretch, Gustafsson has nine points (5G, 4A).
Erik Gustafsson scores his fifth goal of the season to extend the Capitals’ lead to 2-0. With his second point of the game (1g, 1a), Gustafsson now has three multi-point efforts in his last five games. During that stretch, Gustafsson has recorded nine points (5g, 4a).
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With John Carlson placed on injured reserve and out long-term, Gustafsson’s contributions offensively are most welcome.
By Michael Fleetwood