Vrana’s hat trick boosts Capitals to victory against Flames
- Jakub Vrana scored his first NHL hat trick and the Washington Capitals defeated the Calgary Flames 4-2 at Capital One Arena on Sunday for their fourth straight win.
- Vrana has five goals in his past two games and nine for the season.
“I’m not that surprised. He has it in him,” Washington’s Lars Eller said of Vrana. “I don’t expect him to score three every night, but he’s got that kind of talent that he can do that once in awhile. I think as he gets more and more experience, we’ll see that more consistently. He’s going to score a lot of goals in this league.”
- Eller also scored for Washington (11-2-3), which is 8-0-1 in its past nine games.
- Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on two Vrana goals and Ilya Samsonov made 25 saves.
- Andrew Mangiapane had a goal and an assist and Elias Lindholm also scored for Calgary (8-7-2), which was playing the second of back-to-back games on the road after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Saturday.
- Cam Talbot made 28 saves.
“I thought we had good jump,” Calgary captain Mark Giordano said. “If anything, the plays that cost us tonight were because we were overaggressive a little bit trying to hold lines and making reads to stay in their zone. I think they got some looks out of that.”
- Alex Ovechkin played his 1,100th NHL game in front of a crowd that included the World Series champion Washington Nationals.
- Calgary played without forward Milan Lucic, who was suspended for two games for roughing Blue Jackets forward Kole Sherwood during Saturday’s game.
- The Flames went 2-2-1 on their road trip. Lindholm has nine points (five goals, four assists) during a seven-game point streak. …
- Only Wayne Gretzky (793 goals) and Brett Hull (679) scored more goals than Ovechkin (669) through their 1,100th NHL game. …
- Michal Kempny (assist) has nine points (three goals, six assists) in eight games after missing Washington’s first eight games while recovering from hamstring surgery in April.
- The World Series Champion Washington Nationals brought their trophy to celebrate at a Capitals game in D.C. with players and fans
Sources & Credits: Harvey Valentine / NHL.com, WAS Capitals, CAL Flames