With Varly still out and Michael Neuvirth on the sidelines still, Braden Holtby got his first start for the Caps since January 24th. Called up to be Neuvirth’s backup, Holtby saw his first game action of March just three days ago when Neuvy suffered his eye injury in a crucial game at the Lightning. Coming in that night and not only saving all 21 shots on goal from Tampa Bay, Holtby also put on a stellar performance in the shootout, allowing only one goal on three attempts as the Caps went on to win and capture the outright division lead.
Tonight, Holtby continued to hold strong, saving all 22 shots on goal on the night. The Caps had no problems backing up his defensive performance, as Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and had an assist, tacking three total points on the night and passing the career 600 mark. Also with two goals was Eric Fehr in just 13:16 on the ice. Sasha capped off the night with a goal at the 14:30 mark in the 3rd period, as the Caps went on to win, 5-0.
Tampa Bay held on in a close game against Chicago, 4-3, meaning the Caps still have only a two point lead in the division. With two upcoming home games against the Hurricanes and Blackhawks, the Caps look to advance even further in their fight to win the Southeast division for the 4th year in a row.