The hero of Saturday’s win over the Anaheim Ducks, Zach Sanford, has been reassigned to the Hershey Bears. The announcement was made Saturday night soon after the Capitals’ 6-4 win over the Ducks in which Sanford scored his first career NHL goal.
Though the timing sounds awkward considering Sanford tallied the game-winning goal, the news should come as no surprise.
Sunday marks the first day of the Capitals’ bye week. The team will not reconvene until Friday for practice before heading to Detroit for a matinee game on Saturday. The Bears, meanwhile, continue their season with a game on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Bridgeport, Conn. It is not yet known whether Sanford will be in the lineup for Sundays game, but he will be able to practice with the team over the week.
Sanford was recalled by Washington on Wednesday. The Caps have been carrying the minimum number of forwards resulting in multiple callups from Hershey. Trotz told the media Wednesday that Sanford’s recall was a precaution with “a couple of guys that have just little nicks.”
Washington will likely make another recall prior to Saturday's game in Detroit.
Sanford now has two points (one goal, one assist) in 21 games with the Caps. In Hershey, he has registered 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in 24 games.