Coach Barry Trotz believes that karma played a role in helping his red-hot Washington Capitals seize their eighth straight victory on Monday.
By all accounts, Buffalo Sabres forward Nicolas Deslauriers emerged victorious in his second-period bout with Washington center Michael Latta. After Deslauriers opted to celebrate his accomplishment by flailing his arms in jubilation, Trotz’s frown quickly turned upside down as Jay Beagle scored nearly two minutes later to give the Capitals a 2-0 advantage.
Latta, who is a restricted free agent at the end of the season, has recorded career highs in goals (three) and points (six) this season. The 24-year-old Ontario native has collected four goals and 12 assists in 94 career contestrs – all with Washington.