Both teams entered the game mathematically eliminated from the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs but that didn't stop the Capitals from arriving on time and ready to do battle. The good play started early from Joel Ward and was carried throughout a sleepy middle twenty minutes by Braden Holtby's stellar (.947 SP) play for the entire sixty minutes. Washington's third line deserved all three stars of the game for their nine point performance, but the two regulation points were really thanks to a competitive, gritty effort.
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Both teams are out of the playoff picture and tonight's game played out much like you'd expect a meaningless early April contest would. Unlike the Hurricanes however, Washington showed up to play from the first minute of the game all the way through the final save Holtby would make late in the third period. It was a nice performance to watch unfold on the road, only being too little too late for this year's team.