Following their 4-1 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Washington Capitals traveled up to Canada to take on the Winnipeg Jets. Head coach Adam Oates was trying to reign in his players to do battle in this great Southeast rivalry. If they could get this game under their belt, they would secure their eighth victory and possibly move out of dreaded last place.
After a slow start offensively, Washington sparked things in the latter periods and rallied together three goals. Braden Holtby pitched a beautiful shutout, his second in three games. Holtby stopped 35 shots, a feat that earned him first star in this Saturday matinee.
Troy Brouwer notched his team-high 9th ninth goal, and Matt Hendricks also had a great game tallying a goal on a pass from the second star and the ultimate player of the game- Mike Ribeiro.
Ribeiro earns my player of the game status because of his two points. His first, an primary assist, was thanks to a shot he took that was deflected by Hendricks to get past Ondrej Pavelec. Ribeiro struck the twine when he stuffed in a shot from the front of the net that was the result of a shot from Alex Ovechkin.
The veteran Center has been crucial for Washington, and has been one of the few bright spots in a so far gloomy Capital season. Ribeiro now has a team high 24 points, seven of them being goals. We know that the Capitals have to make a big run in the second half, and this guy might just be the player to rely on. With 13 points in 10 games, Washington will have to build around Ribeiro to keep the offense hot.