Nate Schmidt made his NHL debut this year thanks to an injury to veteran John Erskine, and on Saturday night scored his first career goal.
It took Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner 148 games at Verizon Center before he scored a goal in front of his home fans. He didn’t want rookie Nate Schmidt to wait as long.
Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators Saturday night at Verizon Center:
They are the words a coach – let alone a legion of fans – never wants to hear and defenseman Karl Alzner uttered them following the Capitals’ 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night.