With the Washinigton Nationals in attendance, Garnet Hathaway battled his way against the New York Rangers to win the Capitals "hard hat" award.
Hathaway sealed the Capitals' 5-2 win over the Rangers with an empty net goal late in the third period. Earlier in the game, Hathaway broke his nose, an injury that proved incapable of stopping him from donning the Nationals batting helmet.
The Capitals honor their game-MVP with the hard hat award, an object that gets passed down after every victory. This year the Caps are supporting their baseball peers by awarding a game-used Nationals batting helmet.
Garnet Hathaway sported a broken nose and the #Nats batting helmet for a hard game tonight. Break came on the Trouba hit. He didn’t want to say much about it but didn’t seem happy. That empty netter had to feel good— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) October 19, 2019
Hathaway was also involved in a fight to stand up for teammate Dmitry Orlov after a late hit. Hathaway's toughness certainly earned him the award, but the Capitals were not without several options for the honor.
T.J. Oshie scored two power play goals for the second time in his career, and Michal Kempny scored a goal in his season debut. Kempny had missed the beginning of the season after suffering a torn left hamstring in April.
The Capitals capped off a three-game homestand with back-to-back wins. The Captials are now 10-0-1 against the Rangers in their last 11 games after the Caps' 5-2 win.
The Capitals' next game will be in Chicago against the Blackhawks, the first stop of a five-game road trip.
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