Braden Holtby, file photo.
The Caps looked so freaking ready for the playoffs during Wednesday’s blowout win over the Boston Bruins.
John Carlson scored in the first, taking a cross-ice pass from Nick Backstrom and shooting high glove. Backstrom also pinched in on the next goal, a cannon by Matt Niskanen. In the second period, Marcus Johansson scored his 20th of the season off a wonderful pass by Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Braden Holtby looked a god among insects in the third period.
Caps beat Bruins 3-0. Holtby’s league-leading 9th shutout of the season.
Three reasons why I hate NBC Sports in one image. (Not you, Brooks.)
Braden Holtby has shut out the Bruins in every game this season. That’s like almost 90 saves on 90 shots– or however many shots it is exactly, it’s also that number of saves. Holtby is now in a three-way tie (Price, Fleury) for the league lead in shutouts. He won’t win the Vezina, but he’s been sterling in net all season for the Caps– with a franchise record in consecutive starts and more than 2000 shots faced, Holtby has a good case to make as the team’s most valuable player. (But if we’re talking about the Hart Trophy, there are a whole lot more trappings involved in that.)
Alright, one more game left. The Caps look pretty excellent right now– in net, on the blue line, and even with the younglings staffing their bottom lines. These are some high times. Let’s enjoy them.
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