Now, we’re going to show you Kuznetsov setting up T.J. Oshie with a no-look, behind-the-back pass from behind the net for Washington’s second goal of the game. The Capitals scored four unanswered goals to earn a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.
The Winnipeg Jets and their fans paid tribute to Andrew Ladd on Friday.
Now with the Chicago Blackhawks, Ladd was making his first return to Winnipeg with his new team following a deal prior to the NHL’s trade deadline last month.
Fans at the MTS Centre gave Ladd, the former Jets captain, a standing ovation during a stoppage in play.
Daniel Winnik‘s first goal with the Washington Capitals was a beauty.
The rugged forward was on the finishing end of a nifty passing play started by Braden Holtby and carried on by Evgeny Kuznetsov during the second period of Friday’s game against the Nashville Predators.
Holtby started it with a stretch saucer pass to Kuznetsov, who carried the puck into the zone and found Winnik with a cross-ice slap pass. That tied the game at one goal apiece and gave Holtby his first assist of the season.
Winnik scored again later in the second period, as Washington opened up a two-goal lead.
It had apparently been a while since the last time the Buffalo Sabres had two rookies score 20 goals in the same season.
That all changed Friday.
Sam Reinhart scored on the power play, giving him his 20th goal of the season and an early 1-0 lead for the Sabres. Fellow rookie Jack Eichel, 19, already has 22 goals this season, which puts him and Reinhart in rare company for that organization.
For the first time since being traded to Chicago prior to the trade deadline, Andrew Ladd will make his return to Winnipeg to play the Jets as a member of the Blackhawks.
Ladd was with the Thrashers franchise when it made the move from Atlanta to Winnipeg and was re-branded as the Jets, and he captained the Jets to their first playoff appearance since the return to that market in 2011-12.
Ladd got together with some of his former Jets teammates Thursday night. That included forward Blake Wheeler, who admitted he’s still adjusting to the loss of his friend and long-time linemate.
“It still feels like he’s just hurt or something and we’re expecting him back at any time,” Wheeler said after Winnipeg’s skate.
The addition of Ladd no doubt helps solidify the Blackhawks as a team with potential to go on another long playoff run.
In eight games with Chicago since the deal, Ladd has scored twice and added two assists.
However, despite being active leading up to the trade deadline and building for a lengthy run in the post-season, the Blackhawks have struggled in March, with two wins in seven games. They’ve also lost four straight with one of a possible eight points in that span.