After a looooooong wait, Dmitrij Jaskin scored his first goal in a Capitals uniform Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The tally broke a 30-game goalless streak for the very deserving Jaskin, who had not scored since March 23 of last season when he was with the St. Louis Blues.
Jaskin scored after deflecting a Travis Boyd pass into the net with his left skate. The puck ramped up and eluded a surprised Sergei Bobrovsky.
Here’s another look.
Jaskin looked relieved as he celebrated, glancing skyward before he joined his teammates for a hug. Right before he skated by the Caps bench for hi-fives, Jaskin made a motion towards the bench as if throwing an imaginary monkey off his back.
Get outta here monkey!
There’s no knowing if that was intentional. Jaskin was born in Omsk, Russia, and grew up in the Czech Republic so that idiom may not be a thing in his native language.
Regardless, Jaskin’s unbridled joy was one of the highlights of a dominating 4-0 win.
What a perfect hockey smile.
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