HOLTBY MAKES 33 SAVES, MANY IN SPECTACULAR FASHION, FOR SHUTOUT
Braden Holtby was the best player on the ice, Dmitry Orlov came up with a third period goal and the Washington Capitals won for the second time on their current five-game homestand, the longest of the season, beating the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 at Verizon Center on Monday.
The Capitals improved to 14-5-1 (29 points) this season, tying the team’s second best start (in terms of points and wins) in franchise history.
Orlov’s goal, his second in as many games, came with just 6:32 left in regulation, as it seemed the teams would play to a scoreless resolution and need overtime or beyond to settle it.
“We didn’t have much going on all night,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “[Orlov’s goal] was huge, guys stepped up. I thought we managed it [the game] really well once we got the lead. We managed it much better than we managed the game in total.” [Read more…]