After going goalless in his first 20 NHL games, Capitals rookie Zach Sanford is “doing the bull dance, feeling the flow, working it.”
Sanford scored his second NHL goal of his career Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings, sniping a shot past Petr Mrazek.
The Washington Capitals’ bye week has concluded and the team will be back on the ice for practice at 10:30am. They will have two forwards from Hershey joining them.
The team recalled top prospect Jakub Vrana and forward Zach Sanford, who scored his first NHL goal five days ago.
Last week on his 22nd birthday, Andre Burakovsky broke his hand while blocking shot from the point. Sanford was given the first opportunity to replace Yung Dre and scored the biggest goal of his career, six days ago against the Ducks.
Hey, congrats to 22-year-old Zach Sanford for scoring his first NHL goal and getting the Caps a big win in their final game before a week off. It’s a big accomplishment, and he should be proud, and isn’t it great.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way: he’s totally got pierced nipples, right?
After defeating the Anaheim Ducks 6-4, the Washington Capitals tied a NHL record for offensive prowess during a time in history where goalscoring is down.
The Caps tied the 1970-71 Boston Bruins for the most consecutive home games with five or more goals (11). Saturday marked the Capitals twelfth straight victory at home.
Rookie Zach Sanford scored the record-tying goal after tallying his first NHL goal late in the third period.
Over the last 11 games, the Caps have scored a ridiculous 6, 5, 5, 5, 6, 5, 6, 5, 5, 6 and 6 goals. That’s 60 goals, you guys.
Here are all of Caps tallies from tonight.
The morning after their 5-0 win against Carolina, the Washington Capitals announced that they have called back up forward Zach Sanford from the Hershey Bears. The 22-year-old first-year pro made the Capitals out of training camp, making his NHL debut on October 13 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Later that month, Sanford registered his first NHL point against the Calgary Flames. But after only tallying one point in his first 19 games, the Caps sent Sanford down for Jakub Vrana on November 30.
After registering 11 points in his first 12 AHL games, Sanford has grown cold, tallying only three points in his last 12 games for Hershey.
According to The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, several players seemed banged up after blocking some shots last night. The call for Sanford would help some Capitals players heal up if they were injured. The Capitals have two home games left before their bye week.
Wednesday morning, the Washington Capitals re-assigned forward Zach Sanford back to AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. The move comes as the NHL’s holiday roster freeze was lifted after the three-day Christmas break. Since his call-up back to Washington, Sanford played in one game and was a healthy scratch a majority of the time.
“He’s on the ice,” Barry Trotz Trotz explained to the Washington Post before the holiday break. “He’s seeing what we’re doing, just taking in that whole process. I think it’s good. Right now, if he was in Hershey, he wouldn’t be skating. He’d be at home, and I think there’s more benefit for him to be here. We feel that if a certain role opens up, that’s where he’ll go in.”
According to the Hershey Bears, Sanford will join the team in Syracuse for their game Wednesday night.
On Saturday morning, as the roads piled up with cars driven by Washingtonians befuddled by winter, the Capitals jumbled their roster, calling up Zach Sanford from the AHL.
Sanford started the season with the Caps, playing 19 games. After only registering one point in NHL, he was sent down to the minors at the end of November. In just six games with the Bears, Sanford scored four goals (including his first professional marker) and had three assists, earning his call up back to the Caps.
“It was good for me,” Sanford said of his time in Hershey, which was his first experience in the AHL after signing with Washington out of college. “I thought I went in with a good mindset. I was going to work as hard as I could and not be pissed off about anything. It turned out well for me.”
2013 second-round pick Zach Sanford had his biggest night as a professional Sunday, scoring two goals and registering four points in Hershey’s 6-1 rout of Rochester. Sanford’s four points were the most accumulated in a game by a Hershey Bears player this season.
The Bears went into the first intermission trailing the Americans 1-0. Then it was Sanny time.
Friday night, the Hershey Bears jumped all over their rival, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, to the tune of a 5-2 victory. The win extends Hershey’s point streak to ten games and pushes the Bears atop the AHL’s Atlantic Division.
Two quick first period tallies from Australian Nathan Walker and Chandler Stephenson set the tone and the Bears never really looked back from there.
Recently demoted Caps prospect, Zach Sanford got the game-winning goal later in the second period, his second AHL goal. Zach Sill and Garrett Mitchell added the remaining two tallies. Vitek Vanecek earned the win in goal for the Bears stopping 26 shots
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