NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Washington|
(Sunday, March 25th)
Final Score: Washington 3, Minnesota 0
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Braden Holtby posted 28 saves for his first
shutout of the season to help the Washington Capitals take a 3-0 win over the
Alex Ovechkin posted a goal and an assist, while Jason Chimera and Mathieu
Perreault also scored for the Capitals, who had dropped four of five coming
into the game.
"He's a battler and makes lots of plays on the puck," said Washington head
coach Dale Hunter about Holtby. "He likes to play the puck and that can help
out the defense. Sometimes it's kind of risky, but tonight he made everything
work for him."
The win for Washington gives the team possession of eighth place in the
Eastern Conference. The team is tied with idle Buffalo for points with 84, but
Washington holds the tiebreaker and each team has six games to play.
Washington will host Buffalo on Tuesday.
Matt Hackett gave up all three goals on 23 shots for the Wild, who have lost
five of their last seven.
"We talked about getting the puck to the net today and we didn't do it," said
Minnesota defenseman Steven Kampfer. "We let them dictate the type of game
today and that's all on us."
After the first period passed scoreless, the Capitals took a 1-0 lead midway
through the second when Alexander Semin skated through the neutral zone and
from the low right circle he passed it over to the left where Chimera
redirected it in.
Just over five minutes later, Washington made it a 2-0 game on the power play.
Troy Brouwer took a pass from Ovechkin in the neutral zone and skated down the
right wing. From down low, he threw the puck across the goalmouth to the left
side where Perreault one-timed it home.
Ovechkin scored the third goal of the game at the 8:31 mark of the third when
his quick shot from the left circle snuck through the legs of a defender and
the goaltender for his 36th of the season.
Holtby stopped 12 shots in the first period, but needed to make just five
saves in the second before turning aside 11 in the third for his third career
Minnesota returns home to face the Rangers on Tuesday...The home team has won
seven straight and 11 of 12 in the series...Washington was 1-for-3 on the
power play, while Minnesota went 0-for-2.
03/25 20:47:39 ET