A Prince George hockey star stepped into the NHL’s spotlight Thursday night (March 14).
The 2018 Stanley Cup champion scored two goals on four shots in the divisional contest, including the game’s first marker three minutes into the first period, and the game-winning goal that made it 3-1 for the visitors midway through the second.
The former Prince George Cougar captain also assisted on linemate Lars Eller’s 2-0 goal in the first, completing Connolly’s night with a plus-three rating (+3).
He had 17 total shifts and 14:07 of ice time against the Flyers.
Now, Connolly has had two other three-point performances before, but tonight’s numbers are the best in terms of scoring ability and ice presence.
He recorded three points earlier this season on Feb. 9, two goals and an assist on home ice against the Florida Panthers.
Nearly three years prior on Feb. 11, 2016, as a member of the Boston Bruins, he had three helpers during a game in Winnipeg.
Including Thursday night, the ex-Cat now has 39 points in 71 games, 19 goals and 20 assists with 11 games remaining in the Caps’ 2018-19 campaign.
The team currently leads the Metropolitan Division with a record of 42-22-7 for 91 points, two ahead of the New York Islanders.
The Capitals’ next game will have two Prince George connections as they’ll be up against coach Jon Cooper and the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon (March 16).