September 21, 2019

Washington Capitals Game 24 Recap: Holtby sublime, pushes Caps past Habs

HOLTBY EXTENDS CAREER-HIGH WINNING STREAK TO EIGHT GAMES

(Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals came off a four-day rest looking as slow as if it was the first game of a new season, but luckily Braden Holtby decided to extend his win streak with or without the rest of the teams help. T.J. Oshie’s second goal of the game, a tip-in from the high slot off a Karl Alzner wrister, was the difference in a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Centre Belle, the Caps’ sixth in a row.

Tom Wilson has two shots in two games — and two goals. That is how this game started and it would have been nice of the rest of the Caps could of kept that pace. Wilson’s  goal came early in the first when the Canadiens turned it over in their own zone following a Brooks Laich poke check. Laich then saucered a nice pass to Wilson, who went top shelf from the goal mouth to put the Caps up 1-0. After that it was up to Braden Holtby to up their stat line of 11-1-0 when scoring the first goal this season.After giving up a multitude of shots and no goals, the Capitals (18-5-1) finally felt the pain. In the second period, and with three seconds left on a penalty kill, the Canadiens finally wore down the unit. A Lars Eller tap-in from right outside the crease sent the puck past Holtby to tie the game. Holtby, however, was outstanding, stopping 28 of the 29 shots that went his way after two periods.

The Capitals’ first line was not to be denied, though. With less than a minute to go in the second period, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and T.J Oshie took full advantage of a three-on-two attempt. With a swift pass from Backstrom, Oshie struck and the puck rolled down the back of Montreal goalie Mike Condon and into the net. The Caps went up 2-1, although still lagging 13-28 in shots.

The shot percentage finally broke the Canadiens way in the third, and on the Caps’ power play, no less. Brian Flynn of the Canadiens got enough of his stick on the puck in the neutral zone to create a breakaway and deposit a puck past Holtby. But midway through the period, the Caps’ offense finally showed some life, with T.J. Oshie redirecting a Karl Alzner wrist shot from the point into the net. The Caps held on, with help from a penalty against the Habs’ Weise with under two minutes left.

The Caps won this one thanks to another fantastic performance by Braden Holtby and a couple lucky shots. After a long break, let’s hope the next few games aren’t as tough. In the end though, a lot of hope when winning a tough road game.

Next Game: Saturday vs. Winnipeg Jets at 3 p.m.

Caps Notes

  • Brooks Orpik did not travel with the team for the road trip and will miss his 10th and 11th games of the season
  • With the Rangers losing four of their last five games the Caps are 18-5-1 and first place in the division
  • The Caps killed 3 penalties.
  • Holtby matched his season high with 33 saves.
About Jacqueline Martin

Jacqueline Martin is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page. She grew up in Northern Virginia and has developed a deep love for all things sports and all things DC. While attending American University she worked for the athletics department and followed the Men’s NCAA Basketball team to their first ever apperance in the tourney. She is an aspiring journalist whose ideal day job is running a large DC sports bar that favored only DC teams. If she is not in her office you may find her at Kettler attempting to skate backwards. You can follow her on twitter @JacqueMMartin.

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