Goal-Grabbing Gus: Erik Gustafsson Notches Third Multi-Point Game in Last Five Contests

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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.

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).

With John Carlson placed on injured reserve and out long-term, Gustafsson’s contributions offensively are most welcome.

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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3 Responses to Goal-Grabbing Gus: Erik Gustafsson Notches Third Multi-Point Game in Last Five Contests

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m hopping on the Gus Bus! What a great offseason (cheap) signing.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I clearly remember several Blackhawks fans laughing at us for signing him.

      • dwgie26 says:

        I clearly remember many caps fans laughing at the signing. I suspect there will be conversations to extend him after (or during the season). I would say Fever and Orlov are locks to be resigned as well. That will make things interesting for LuJo and Alexyev.

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