BOSTON (AP) — Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz doesn’t want to give Matt Niskanen too much credit for his sudden surge of winning goals.
“He’s on the ice all the time, that’s probably the No. 1 (reason). The odds go up when you’re on the ice,” Trotz said after his defenseman scored 2:36 into overtime to give the Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
“He doesn’t get credit for what he’s done,” Trotz said. “But he’s one of the most popular guys in our room.”
Niksanen scored on a slap shot from the blue line for his second winner in three games and his third of the season. Philipp Grubauer stopped 33 shots and Karl Alzner also scored for Washington, which has won three of its last four games.
“I had just enough room to get a slapper off from up top,” said Niksanen, who was on the ice a game-high 26 minutes, 48 seconds. “Somehow it found its way in.”
Niksanen’s last goal gave the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday….