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Prince George’s Brett Connolly records career night with Washington Capitals

Former Cougar captain records third three-point game of his NHL tenure
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Brett Connolly of Prince George skates with the Washington Captials (via NHL)

A Prince George hockey star stepped into the NHL’s spotlight Thursday night (March 14).

Brett Connolly posted what is likely the best game of his professional career thus far, nabbing three points and aiding the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory in Philadelphia.

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.

This is a continuation of what has been a career year for the 26-year-old, already surpassing his best season stats from 2017-18 en route to hockey’s holy grail.

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.

Connolly is fifth in team scoring and has the seventh most points on Washington.

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).


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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