Capitals rookie defenseman Tomas Kundratek hadn’t scored a goal in his first 24 NHL games, but he had a feeling Monday night that the dry spell was about to end.
That’s what the 23-year-old told his former Hershey Bears teammate Steve Oleksy after the Capitals called up Oleksy from the American Hockey League club before Tuesday’s game against the Bruins.
“We were talking about it, and he’s like, ‘I feel good. I think I’m going to get one,’” Oleksy said at Wednesday’s optional skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “And it just so happens, the next game, he pops one home. Super excited for him — great guy, works hard on the ice and off the ice, good character guy as well.”
Kundratek not only found the net but also notched his first multiple-points effort in a 4-3 overtime win. His second-period goal closed the Capitals to a 3-2 deficit, and he also nabbed an assist on Eric Fehr’s winning tally in overtime.
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