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Capitals vs. Bruins QuickCap: Holtby Blanks B's

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Washington rides Braden Holtby's 29 save shutout to their first win of the year over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden

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Braden Holtby stared down 14 Bruins shots in the first period and followed it up with 15 more stops throughout the final forty minutes to keep Boston scoreless and pointless tonight. Two first period goals from Alex Ovechkin got the Capitals going early before  Mike Green and Joel Ward put the home team away for good. Washington converted on two of their four power play opportunities and moved the puck well whenever they were in the offensive zone, a great change from Thursday's performance.

Plus/Minus:

  • Plus: Ovechkin's early two goals got the home team on their heels after the first twenty minutes and gave his team confidence after a shaky end to their season opener. When Ovechkin is humming along his teammates play assertive and the group rises with their leader, which is what we saw on TD Garden's ice tonight.
  • Minus: A couple of defensive giveaways could have put Boston right back into the contest if Holtby hadn't been sharp all night. A risky pass from John Carlson in the first period gave Chris Kelly a quick chance in the slot and a second no look pass, from Karl Alzner, in the third allowed Carl Soderberg an uncontested chance from in tight. Luckily for the team Holtby was at his best each time.

Our First Star:

If it hadn't been for Holtby's excellence in the first period Ovechkin's pair of first period goals probably wouldn't have been enough to grab two points tonight.

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