Andre Burakovsky finally gets first goal of the season

Chris Lingebach
October 26, 2018 - 11:55 am

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Andre Burakovsky scored his first goal of the season, the Capitals' only goal in a 4-1 loss to Edmonton Thursday night.

Burakovsky hadn't registered a single point through his first eight games and he was demoted to the fourth line last week.

Capitals teammate Devante Smith-Pelly, in his weekly 106.7 The Fan interview, was asked before Thursday's game what one can say to a young player like Burakovsky to get him going.

"You just kind of tell him it's early," said Smith-Pelly, presented by F.H. Furr. "It's seven, eight, nine, 10 games in. It happens... every year it happens to somebody, who, they start off slow and there's so much time left, it's nothing to worry about right now. You're playing. You're getting chances. It's just so early. Eventually, one's gonna go in for you and then that's when the floodgates open.

"I've been trying to tell Burkie that. I've been around. I've seen it. I mean, like you said, I'm not old, but I've been around (and) I've seen probably everything there is to see in the league. It's so early – it's too early to want to panic and want to get down on yourself. You just have to keep playing."

Burakovsky's goal Thursday night came midway through the second period and drew the Capitals within one, if only temporarily.

Maybe now the floodgates will open.

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