After falling 4-2 to the San Jose Sharks Thursday, the Washington Capitals needed to come out to a quick start against the Los Angeles Kings. They got exactly that with Jakub Vrana’s first-period powerplay goal.
The tally was made possible by a picture-perfect slap pass by Kevin Shattenkirk.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 12, 2017
Goals don’t get much easier than this. Shattenkirk’s slap pass is so low and perfectly placed, all Vrana had to do was keep his stick on the ice.
Shattenkirk now has assists in four-straight games and four of his first five games with the Capitals. Vrana now has two goals in five games since Zach Sanford was traded to the Blues.
Earlier today, RMNB’s Peter Hassett wrote that since Shattenkirk has arrived, the Capitals powerplay has become even more productive.
The PP is more dangerous now with Stattenkirk; they’ve had 20 percent increases in both scoring chance and expected goal rates.
On a goal like this, you can easily see why.
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