After the first period Saturday afternoon, the stat sheet made it appear as though the Washington Capitals were once again on their heels. The numbers were grim — the Winnipeg Jets had outshot them, 15-5.
But the Capitals were actually rather content. The Jets’ shots had been all long-range, low-probability attempts that goaltender Braden Holtby saw cleanly.
The Capitals stuck with their system and as the offense synced up with the strong defensive play, they were able to take control to earn a 3-0 win. The victory was just Washington’s third on the road in 10 games, and offered a glimpse of the team’s resilience after the Caps staggered through one of their worst losses of the season Wednesday in Philadelphia.
“It’s good to get a good feeling back in the room. We felt that we competed for a full 60 minutes,” said forward Matt Hendricks. “We felt that we played our best game, Holts was outstanding as usual.”
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Washington Post | Mar 3