The Washington Caps opened up a three game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes, this being their last meeting for the season. Going into this game Carolina had lost nine of their last ten and have gone 1-12-1 since March 14th. It was all Capitals in this contest as they win over the Hurricanes 3-1 making it their sixth straight victory and their tenth in their last twelve games.
After two games off Capitals goalie Braden Holtby was poised to return to his steller prior performance where he had posted a record of 16-7-1 with four shutouts, a 2.32 goals allowed average, and a .926 save percentage. Tonight he made career history for himself by recording 44 saves, a regular season personal best, against this Hurricane team that has lost some of it’s luster. The Hurricanes outshot the Caps the whole game but just couldn’t manage to get enough goals past the Washington wall that is Braden Holtby.
Right winger for the Caps Troy Brouwer scored two of Washington’s three goals, one being on an open netter, for his 14th and 15th goals of the season, Mike Green scored the other goal for the Caps. Caps left winger Wojtek Wolski recorded an assist which was the first point he had recorded since March 7th when the Caps blew out the Panthers 7-1. Jay Beagle also ended his points drought with an assist making it his first point since March 21st.
With this win the Capitals have now gone 13-1-0 in their last 14 games against the Southeast Division. The season series between these two teams ended tonight 4-1-0 in favor of the Capitals. The Caps next game is on Saturday night at Verizion Center where they will take on another division rival the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)