In one of their most impressive victories of the season on Tuesday, the Washington Capitals beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-0, keeping the defending champs from lighting the lamp even once at Verizon Center.
Troy Brouwer netted a goal late in both the first and second periods, before Nicklas Backstrom and Eric Fehr scored 59 seconds apart in the third. Braden Holtby stopped all 27 Los Angeles shots for his sixth shutout of the season.
After a morning line change that saw Marcus Johansson move to the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Backstrom, the Caps shut out a defending Stanley Cup champion for the second consecutive season (they beat Chicago 4-0 last April 11).
Backstrom’s goal was a particular highlight, with Johansson and Backstrom exchanging passes in a tic-tac-toe fashion that is certain to be on NHL highlight reels tonight and into tomorrow.
“I liked all the lines. I was saying that we were getting a lot of production from Ovi and Backy, and we needed a little more from some of the other lines. When we were going really good earlier in the year we were getting contributions every night from different lines,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “There wasn’t a real pattern, just that there was multiple lines always contributing. I thought this was more of that type of effort where we could’ve gotten a goal from every line tonight.”
- Holtby is now tied for the league lead in shutouts with Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury, whose Penguins team Holtby picked up a shutout against last Wednesday at Verizon Center.
- Brouwer’s two goals came in his 500th game, the 15th multi-goal game of the veteran’s career.
- Backstrom passed Mike Ridley for seventh on the Capitals’ all-time point-scoring list.
- Washington is now a staggering 25-1-4 when scoring first.