Capitals’ Craig Smith Tricked Jack Hughes Into Passing Him Puck For 200th Career Goal

WASHINGTON, DC – The Washington Capitals got off to a red-hot start against the New Jersey Devils, and it involved some trickery courtesy of Craig Smith.

The 33-year-old told NBC Sports Washington’s Al Koken during his intermission interview that he saw a lot of open ice and Jack Hughes with the puck.

So, he figured in Game No. 82, he might as well roll the dice and try something: call for a pass.

“I called for it, I was wide open in the middle,” Smith smiled. “There was a lot of open ice int he middle there. Figured I’d give him a holler and see if he’d throw it over.”

Smith, the 98th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, is the 12th player from his draft class to reach the 200-goal mark.