July 14, 2020

Washington Capitals Game 43 Recap: Holtby keeps hot hand, blanks Flyers


Braden Holtby made 21 saves to shutout the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 Wednesday night at Verizon Center. His 20th consecutive start was his fourth shutout of the season, third since his consecutive games streak started.

The Capitals are 14-2-4 in their past 20 games, just there points shy of the Islanders for first in the Metro. Holtby has a 1.98 goals-against average, .934 save percentage in that span.

Jason Chimera and Jay Beagle have found a strange sort of chemistry. On their line’s first shift of Wednesday’s game, Chimera scored the game’s lone goal.“We want to give our team some energy, get them going,” said Chimera. “if we can get on the scoresheet, that just adds that much more.”

Chimera contributed more to the win than just a goal, though. He took a stick to the face that earned him a few stitches. He left the ice to get it patched up, and returned to action, and didn’t miss a shift for the rest of the game.

His explanation of the event, however, was interesting.

“I went to get a hot shave,” he laughed. “Wardo was telling me he was one of the best guys and he cut me before the game. I’m not going to go there again.”

“Ward went to hit a guy on the bench, maybe it was Umberger,” said Chimera. “I wasn’t even looking at the play. The stick came flying around and hit me. I’ll take stitches when you’re on the ice, you don’t want to take them when you’re on the bench.”

This meeting with the Flyers was physical, just as you’d expect a contest between these teams to go, but not quite as bloody as years past.

Matt Niskanen laid Philadelphia’s Scott Laughton out with a hard open ice hit, only one of many bone-shattering collisions during the course of the game. Laughton did not return to the game.

“You know they are going to bring it, so you have to bring it too,” said Chimera. “They had some key guys out on defense, had some big guys out. But we had to match their physical. We’re a big team too, so we can pull some size on some guys too. It was a great win. One-nothing. We’ll take those wins.

About Katie Brown

Katie Brown is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Capitals. She resides in Arlington, VA, and developed a love for the sport of hockey as a youngster while watching her brothers play. Katie works at a nonprofit organization by day but the rest of her time is devoted to watching, writing, and talking about hockey and perfecting her mean one-timer. She is co-host of Girls Just Wanna Have Puck podcast. You can follow Katie on Twitter @katie_brown47.

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