The Washington Capitals have been bitten with a rash of inconsistency as of late, they may have taken a step to cure that last night. Hosting one of their bitter rivals, a team that happened to be a few points ahead of Washington in the Metropolitan division, making their 4-0 win that much sweeter.
Braden Holtby has been having a good year, but this is the second time this season in which he’s shut down and shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last night, he stopped all 27 shots sent his way. Holtby’s strong play was needed as Washington sent it’s penalty kill unit out there four times last night, not yielding a single goal. 120 minutes have passed this season without the Capitals surrendering a goal to the Penguins.
Anytime these two teams meet, all eyes are on the two franchise players on the ice. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin had a chance to go at it once again, it was Crosby’s first game back from injury and he looked rusty.
That wasn’t the case at all for Ovi, he continued his stellar play this season, making an impact early in this game. He scored the first two goals of the game, both of which were assisted by Nicklas Backstrom. The second of which was on a classic one-timer, Ovi now leads the league in scoring this season with 29.
It was a very good win for the Capitals as it got them off their mini slide, it also mean that they’ve started their current three game home stand with a win. Washington has a few days off before playing the Canadiens and the Blues. The Capitals are currently just six points from the division lead.