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WATCH: Former Capitals F Stephenson Sets Up Eichel’s First Goal With Vegas



Former Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson

Jack Eichel has found twine for the first time as a member of the Vegas Golden Knights, and former Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson helped make it all happen.

Eichel made a great pass to Stephenson in front, and instead of shooting, Stephenson wrapped around the net. He caught Eichel charging to the net and dished a backhander to set up Eichel. He put the puck past James Reimer for his first goal since Jan. 28, 2021 and make it 2-0 for Vegas over the San Jose Sharks.

The helper was Stephenson’s 27th of the season, and it also marked the end of a lengthy seven-game pointless skid. He is the Golden Knights’ leading scorer this season with 39 points through 48 games.

Stephenson was Washington’s third-round pick (77th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. He played five seasons with the Capitals, picking up 14 goals and 33 points over 68 points. He was also part of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion team, getting top-6 minutes at times and also scoring two goals and seven points through 24 games en route to Washington’s first-ever Cup title.

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On Dec. 3, 2019, the Capitals traded Stephenson to Vegas for a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. Washington then traded that selection for Flyers forward Michael Raffl at the 2021 NHL trade deadline, the same day they dealt for Anthony Mantha in exchange for Jakub Vrana and picks. The Capitals still had their own fifth-round pick, taking German forward Haakon Hanelt.

Eichel came over to Vegas as part of a blockbuster deal for Alex Tuch and Peyton Krebs, the older brother of Capitals prospect Dru Krebs, following his requests to be traded. Eichel had been the Buffalo Sabres’ No. 2 pick in 2015 and their captain, but after a disagreement on an experimental surgery and other issues, the 25-year-old wanted out.

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