WASHINGTON — Sonny Milano officially has his first goal as a member of the Washington Capitals, and it was a beauty.
The 26-year-old almost had his first of the season on a nice play and some great dekes in front of the net in Monday’s tilt with the Edmonton Oilers, but it didn’t cross the line. Milano made sure it did on Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
After serving Nicolas Aube-Kubel‘s five-minute match penalty for an illegal check to the head (NAK was ejected and faces a suspension), he made his way out of the box and got behind the defense. He picked up a great pass from John Carlson and pulled off some stellar moves to beat Andrei Vasilevskiy on the breakaway and make it a 2-0 hockey game in the second period.
THE CAPS JUST KILLED A FIVE-MINUTE PENALTY AND FOUND SONNY MILANO BREAKING OUT OF THE BOX FOR A GOAL!!!! pic.twitter.com/VXZVPdhFCb
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) November 12, 2022
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The goal was Milano’s first of the season and his second point with the Capitals after he picked up an assist in Wednesday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Carlson, who was playing in his first game back from a lower-body injury, picked up the helper for his 600th career NHL point.