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Capitals vs. Flyers Recap: One is Enough as Holtby Blanks Flyers

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Jason Chimera scored early, and Braden Holtby made it stand up for his fourth shutout of the season as the Caps blanked the Flyers, 1-0.

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The Washington Capitals ended their three-game home stand with a 1-0 win over the uber-rival Philadephia FlyersJason Chimera scored in the game's fourth minute, and Braden Holtby made it stand up with a 21-save shutout, the fourth one he has authored this season.

Wednesday night's Plus/Minus:

  • Plus: Discipline.  The Caps have grown more accustomed to managing leads and making teams work the entire ice sheet to try to mount offense.  The third period was something of a clinic in this regard, the Caps making the Flyers start more often than not, it seemed, from behind their own net.
  • Minus: Uneven offense.  The Caps started strong but seemed to stop skating half way through the first period.  It's hard to restart and regain momentum after that kind of slide.

Ten more notes on the game...

  • Through 40 minutes, the Caps had five shots on goal and eight attempts from their top line, all from Ovechkin.  Andre Burakovsky, playing on the right wing, did not record his first (and only) shot attempt until the 11:58 mark of the third period.
  • The Caps had seven shots on goal (one goal) in the first 8:16 of the game.  However, from the 8:16 mark of the first period until the 4:12 mark of the second period, a span of 15:56, the Caps recorded one shot on goal.
  • Jason Chimera's first period goal was his first since he scored in a 5-4 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on December 18th.  Chimera also made it consecutive games with a point (he had an assist in the 2-1 win over Colorado on Monday), the first time he accomplished that since recording points in consecutive games, December 2nd and 4th.
  • The Caps came into this game with the most wins in the league when scoring first (22) and the most wins when leading after two periods (20).  Those numbers are now 23 and 21.
  • Woulda, coulda, shoulda.  Alex Ovechkin hit a crossbar, Eric Fehr had a sure goal if he could have lifted the puck 15 inches, over goalie Rob Zepp's left pad.
  • Jay Beagle won 10 of 12 draws for the evening, but oddly enough did not take a single draw in the third period.
  • The Director of Player Safety might be giving Marcus Johansson a call.  After playing his first 40 games of the season without taking a penalty of any kind, he now has two in his last three games.  Tonight it was a tripping call in the first period that had him visiting the penalty box.
  • The Flyers came into this game with the league's worst penalty kill and the second-worst penalty kill on the road.  They allowed power play goals in four of their previous five games.  The Caps could not solve them, however, on two man advantages.
  • Even as the Caps let their early momentum slip away, allowing the Flyers to mount long stretches of offensive zone possession, they limited shots (21) and limited the players who took them.  Only ten skaters were credited with shots on goal, only seven of them with more than one shot on goal.
  • On the other side, 12 Capital skaters were credited with blocked shots, led by Brooks Orpik with five.  John Carlson and Troy Brouwer each had four of the total of 23 recorded by the Caps.

And now, this...

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Game Highlights...

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