From the third line, Andre Burakovsky has arguably been the Caps best forward in the playoffs, leading the team in shot-attempts percentage (66.02%). Yet he hasn’t been rewarded with a goal during the entire 2017 postseason.
That all changed Saturday night at Verizon Center. Burakovsky, who was promoted earlier in the week to the first line by Barry Trotz, scored late in the first period to tie the game.
It was a HUGE goal.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 7, 2017
After the Caps rushed the puck up the ice, Burakovsky entered the zone. He then put on his brakes and cut to the center of the ice, eluding a wild stick check by Matt Cullen.
Burakovsky then rifled a wrist shot past a helpless Marc-Andre Fleury.
To celebrate, Burra saluted the crowd, but, no, Andre, WE SALUTE YOU.
#Caps Andre Burakovsky's goal marks his first goal of the postseason and fourth of his playoff career.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) May 7, 2017