Wins have been few and far between this season for the Washington Capitals. Even the few wins they did have prior to Saturday were close ones, both coming by 3-2 scores. With a 5-0 blanking of the Florida Panthers yesterday, the Caps finally got a solid outing from goaltender Braden Holtby and a win they can truly be proud of.
Holtby made 27 saves in the win, and it was easily his best performance of the season. The youngster has struggled early on this season and entered Saturday’s game with a 1-4 record. It was his third career shutout, and will be a great win to build on moving forward.
Troy Brouwer scored twice for the Capitals in the win, his fourth and fifth goals of the season. The veteran winger continues to be a great addition for the team in his second year in Washington. Another one of last season’s additions, Joel Ward, also got his fifth goal of the season in the win. The best news for the Capitals was that Alex Ovechkin scored as well, his fourth of the season and his second in their last two games. Mathieu Perreault added a goal to finish off the scoring. It was his first of the season in his first appearance in the Capitals’ last six games.
Washington’s power play continued its recent run of success, converting one of two opportunities. The Capitals now have at least one power play goal in four straight games and in five of their last six games.
After a lot of early struggles, and a handful of very close losses, this was a much-needed win for the Capitals. With a lot of scoring power, a great goaltending performance and continued special team success, this was a great win all around. If the Capitals can put a few more wins like this together, they may not be in the Southeast Division basement much longer.