Martin Erat is a skilled guy. He’s registered 49 points or more in the last eight seasons and when the Capitals acquired him in a trade for Filip Forsberg a few weeks ago, he was Nashville’s leading point-getter. Consistently putting up that many points can be a sign of good hands, which is exactly what Erat showed off on Thursday, assisting on the Capitals’ only goal in the team’s 3-1 loss to Ottawa.
Holy moly! (GIF by welshhockeyfan)
As Jack Hillen took a shot going wide of the net, Erat knocked the puck out of the air with the knob of his stick. The puck bounced higher in the air, and that’s when Erat’s instincts took over. Erat choked up on his stick and swung at the puck like he’s Matt Wieters or something. The biscuit went straight for Mike Ribeiro, who deflected it home.
Erat has three points in his last three games, including his first goal as a Capital. This was one amazing assist.