The Washington Capitals were outshot 27-17, but led the only place it counted — the scoresheet — as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 at Verizon Center. Troy Brouwer, John Carlson and Joel Ward all scored, Braden Holtby had another terrific night, and Jimmy Howard was taken off on a stretcher after injuring himself on Brouwer’s goal.
Oh, and Nicklas Backstrom was snubbed once again for the All-Star game. Shame.
All in all, if you’re outshot by 10 at home and win, you take it.
First Star: Braden Holtby. I’ve been reluctant of too much praise for the fear of ruining a good thing, but Holtby has really taken his game to another level. Is he finally living up to his talent? Is the flourishing under the tutelage of Mitch Korn, goalie whisperer? Whatever, he’s run his record to 20-8-7 and is thriving as the Caps workhorse in net.
Second Star: John Carlson. Another guy I’m normally slow to praise, but Carly had a goal and five blocked shots.
Third Star: Brooks Laich. On the scoresheet again with an assist and really just rounding into playing shape and contributing it seems like on a nightly basis.
Honorable Mention: Barry Trotz, for coaching his way through the shiner left behind when Marcus Johansson bopped him in the face the other night with his stick. Way to fight through it coach.