The Caps have had issues away from Verizon Center this season, that’s no secret. But the fact that their three road wins have all come against Southeast Division opponents is a very promising sign. On Saturday afternoon in Winnipeg, Washington produced its finest overall performance on the road to date and it resulted in a 3-0 win.
Braden Holtby and Ondrej Pavelec were once again in goal for their respective clubs, each making his ninth straight start. For the first 30 minutes of the game neither one of them would budge through a scoreless tie.
Pavelec saved his best for a second-period glove grab that left Jason Chimera in disbelief.
Holtby was buttoned up especially tight in the first period as he turned away all 15 shots the Jets threw at him, preventing them from adding to the list of lightning-quick starts they have enjoyed recently.
The Capitals would take the lead just after the midway mark of regulation time. A John Erskine slapshot struck Jets winger Blake Wheeler close to the knee and left him crumpled in pain in the defensive zone. The Caps never lost possession of the puck, so the officials allowed play to continue. Erskine zipped a pass around the fallen Wheeler over to Mike Ribeiro. He spotted Matt Hendricks going to the goal and put a perfect feed to the front where the feisty winger chipped the puck high over the glove of Pavelec.
Caps get one for the road
CSN Washington | Mar 3