Photo credit: Ludwig Thunman/AP

Washington Capitals first-round pick Andre Burakovsky scored a hat trick in the World Juniors preliminary round game against Norway that ended, quite unsurprisingly, in a blowout of the Norwegians, 10-0.

Burakovsky, who’s been playing on the third line with Nick Sorensen and Lucas Wallmark, scored Sweden’s second, third, and fifth goals of the game. He was held off the goal-scoring list in the previous two games, tallying just one assist.

Burakovsky opened up scoring with a trademark wrister off the right circle on the powerplay. His second came on the powerplay from the same position, but this time with a slapshot. He scored his third goal of the night with a putback off the rush after Sorensen was initially denied.

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With the hat trick, Burakovsky (three goals, one assist) is now tied for the team’s lead in goals with Alexander Wennberg and 15th overall in the tournament.

Sweden’s next game is against Russia on Tuesday.

Burakovsky’s first goal is at 1:00 mark, second is at 1:30 mark and third is at 3:00 mark.

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  • Chris Cerullo

    Second goal was a bomb

  • Jack Conness


  • Bob

    that wrister is silky smooth

  • Shaun Phillips

    All I can think of with this kid’s last name is the Goonies.

  • Myan

    let’s keep our fingers crossed that GMGM doesn’t trade him for a petulant 30-something winger who feels the need to publicly ask for a trade.