Caps, Holtby down Blue Jackets 4-1
Braden Holtby stopped 37 of 38 shots to help lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 win over Columbus. The win capped off a disappointing 2-3 home stand for the Caps.
Washington got goals from players they need to produce, mainly Brooks Laich, Troy Brouwer, and Joel Ward, who all had one goal prior to this game. The Caps first marker came in the second period on a Caps’ power play, when Ward finished a tic-tac-toe passing sequence from Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom by with a one-timer from the slot for his 2nd goal of the season.
Brooks Laich padded the lead to 2-0 after Steve Oleksy put a shot on net, but Bobrovsky could not handle the rebound, which Laich scored from his backhand. Alexander Ovechkin made it 3-0 in the third period, scoring his team-leading seventh goal at 6:34 on a power-play one-timer from his usual spot on the left circle. The Ovechkin marker was assisted by Mike Green and Martin Erat, who had a three assist night after bing move from fourth to second line. Ovie’s tally was another power play goal for Ovechkin and the Caps.
The Caps ended the night 2 for 4 on the power play and a perfect 3 for 3 on the penalty kill. Washington improves to 3-5 on the season.