Coming into Tuesday’s tilt against the Winnipeg Jets, Andre Burakovsky had one goal in his last 14 games. The dry spell included multiple scratches from head coach Barry Trotz, but Young Dre got off the schneid by burying a rebound off a Lars Eller shot.
It was Burakovsky’s fifth goal of the season.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 14, 2018
The goal was made possible by a great rush up the ice by Alex Chiasson and Lars Eller. Eller eventually cut to the middle of the ice where he unleashed a shot at the top of the circles. Burakovsky was in the right place at the right time, burying the rebound from a sharp angle.
The goal gave the Caps a 2-1 lead heading into intermission.
“Sometimes you get lucky and the puck bounce right to you,” Burakovsky said to NBC Sports Washington’s Craig Laughlin.
The goal made up for a poor defensive play Burakovsky made earlier in the game against Dustin Byfuglin. Big Buff spun around an over-aggressive Burakovsky at the point, leading to a Mark Scheifele goal during the resulting breakdown.
Burakovsky now has as many even-strength goals as TJ Oshie.
And for those keeping score, Burakovsky now has as many 5v5 goals this season as TJ Oshie (4)
— Pat Holden (@pfholden) February 14, 2018
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