Connolly, 21, had one assist in three games with the Crunch and in the preseason was tied for the team lead with four goals in five games.
Tampa Bay’s first-round pick (No. 6) at the 2010 NHL Draft, Connolly has five goals, 16 points and 30 penalty minutes in 73 NHL games. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound wing had one goal in five games with the Lightning last season.
It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.
— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders