Heading into the night the Washington Capitals were the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference and were looking in at the playoffs from outside. The team came out and did what they needed to do, picking up a win and two points in a decisive 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild behind the leadership of Alexander Ovechkin and the goaltending of Braden Holtby.
Alex Ovechkin has been playing light's out hockey over the past several games. However, tonight was the first time that Ovi looked like a leader out there. It seemed like he never even came out of the game and while he was on the ice he was wherever the puck was. Ovi not only scored and had an assist, but he made a few defensive plays. Most importantly he was flying all over the ice, and he never quit.
Braden Holtby saved all 28 shots that came his way and it was no easy task. Holtby played playoff style goalie and the crowd at Verizon Center really appreciated the effort. With Vokoun out, Holtby has filled in nicely and with performances like the one against the Wild, the coach may have a tough decision to make come playoff time.
With the season running out the Caps better hope they find a seat when the music stops and the game of playoff musical chairs is over.
The NBC announcers still hate Semin & Ovechkin...Humangus game on Tuesday at Verizon...HUGE...Nobody tells DJ Request what to play...