Brett Connolly Stays Hot

Posted March 22, 2019

(Caps Outsider)

From the far left point, like a defenseman, Brett Connolly lofted a shot past Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk on Friday to continue his hot streak of late. It was the 21st goal of Connolly’s season – but also his fourth goal in the past five games.

The way Connolly is getting his goals is impressive, considering he’s doing so on the third line, with limited minutes, no power play time and 5-on-5. He’s also shooting more than 16% – second on the team only to Tom Wilson.

In the Caps 2-1 loss to the Wild, he ended up with 13:18 of ice time and four shots, tied with John Carlson for the team lead in that game. He credits his linemates, including Lars Eller, who himself is getting opportunities.

“Lars [Eller] has been playing good…I guess it was just one of those nights where it was following me around a little bit, I guess. Burky [Andre Burakovsky] was good tonight. It was good to play with him again. I played a lot with him in the past, and he’s such a good a player,” he told Jason Rogers of Japers Rink.

Connolly – who is only 26 and drafted 6th overall in 2010 – is making $1.5 million this season and is an unrestricted free agent. His stats of late have already boosted what he’ll likely be paid for years to come. Whether that’s with the Caps or not, it’s clear that Connolly is finally coming into his own.

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