Michael Raffl scored his first goal as a Capital on Tuesday and the trade deadline acquisition saved it for literally the final seconds of the regular season.
Tied 1-1 with the
Providence Boston Bruins, Raffl skated the puck towards the crease and flicked a no-angle shot towards the net.
…and it went in?!?!?!?!?!?!? How?
NBC Sports Washington replays show that Raffl took the shot from below the goal line. The puck appeared to strike Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman — maybe in the back of his mask? — and redirect to the top corner of the net. The NHL’s game summary said the goal was scored at the 59:57 mark of the game, meaning Raffl lit the lamp with around 3 seconds left to go in the game.
What a first goal in red for Raffl🚁! pic.twitter.com/x5ModpcKCt
— x – Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 12, 2021
The goal was Raffl’s first in 10 games in Washington since being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers. It was Raffl’s third game-winning goal of the season and the 21st of his career.
“As soon as Schultzy rimmed the puck, I looked up and I saw it was like six seconds left,” Raffl said. “He gave me some room, the defenseman there, and it was the right play at the right time, I guess.”
After the Capitals saluted Vitek Vanecek on his victory, Zdeno Chara skated over to the penalty box and asked the attendant for Raffl’s milestone goal puck that had already been packed away.
Chara made sure to get Raffl’s goal puck for him 🤗 pic.twitter.com/4TQmEWXMhS
— HockeyKot (@hockeykot) May 12, 2021
“I can tell you it always feels nice to score goals,” Raffl said. “Ovi would know.”
The goal marked the second game the Capitals have won after scoring in the McNugget Minute.
Do you believe in McNugget Miracles?? #ALLCAPS
— Heather McDonough (@HeatherMcD4) May 12, 2021
Yeah, you guys, those nugs are going to taste extra delicious tomorrow.
Thanks to Michael Raffl, you can celebrate the end of the regular season with FREE six-piece Chicken McNuggets tomorrow!
Order in the app with minimum $1 purchase at participating Washington, DC, area restaurants.
— NBCSports Washington (@NBCSWashington) May 12, 2021
Screenshot courtesy of NBC Sports Washington
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