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Matt Niskanen  #2

Washington Capitals  Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: December 6, 1986  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Virginia, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 209 DRAFTED: DAL / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (28th overall)
2015 Playoffs allied an assist in Game 5 at NYR (5/8) ... Registered three assists in seven games against NYI in the first round ... Tallied an assist and was (+3) in Game 5 vs. NYI (4/23) ... Led Washington in ice time (28:08) in Game 4 at NYI (4/21) ... Was (+1) in 22:50 of ice time in Game 3 at NYI (4/19) ... Tallied two assists vs. NYI (4/17) in Game 2, marking his second career multi-assist playoff game and fifth career multi-point playoff game. 2014-15 Regular Season Played in all 82 games for the first time in his career ... Ranked second on the team in ice time (22:21) ... Scored a goal vs. BOS (4/8) ... Tallied an assist vs. CAR (3/31), extending his assist streak to four games ... Recorded a Caps season-high 28:51 of ice time vs. ANA (2/6) ... Recorded his second-career three-assist game, led WSH in ice time (22:35) and was named the game s first star vs. NYI (11/28) ... Played his 500th NHL game vs. DET (10/29).
WCHA First All-Star Team (2007) Traded to Pittsburgh by Dallas with James Neal for Alex Goligoski, February 21, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 1, 2014.
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