Three seems to be a magic number for Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly.
Smith-Pelly scored the third Capitals goal in the first period against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday, a tally that gave home team Washington a 3-0 lead. The Capitals won the game 6-2.
Smith-Pelly’s performance Monday night wasn’t bad for a guy who got accidentally hit in the face with a puck by a teammate during the Capitals’ morning skate.
Saturday night, Smith-Pelly notched the Capitals third goal, a third-period tally that sealed Washington’s 3-1 win.
“I love playing in the playoffs. It’s fun,” Smith-Pelly told NBC Sports. “It just happens maybe I’m scoring goals at the right time. I don’t know. I love playing in the playoffs. That’s really the only way I can explain it.”
The goals Monday and Saturday further enhance Smith-Pelly’s reputation as a playoff performer. He now has 6 goals in 23 playoff games. He notched 7 goals in 75 regular season games in 2017-18.
As a member of the Anaheim Ducks, Smith-Pelly scored 5 goals during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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