Thursday, December 3, 2015

Red-Hot Caps Win Sixth Straight

Don't look now but the Washington Capitals are now ahead of the Rangers in the Metro standings after winning their sixth straight game on Thursday at the Bell Centre. The Caps are sitting pretty in first place in the Metropolitan Division and are closing in on the NHL points lead as well. And, Braden Holtby is stopping pucks like a wizard--he's now won a career-best eight in a row.

Things are going so well for Washington that even their coach his hot. Barry Trotz tied Bryan Murray for 10th on the NHL's all-time coaching win list with 620 tonight in Montreal as the Caps edged the Habs, 3-2.

Washington was outshot and outplayed by the high-flying Canadiens on Thursday, but they eked out the win thanks to a stellar performance from Holtby, who leads the NHL with 16 wins.

“We don’t win that hockey game or even get close to that without his performance,” Trotz said of his netminder's performance. “He was the best player on the ice for both teams.”

“You’ve got to give him credit, that goalie,” Montreal’s captain Max Pacioretty said, according to the Washington Post. “That was a lot of huge saves in key moments of the game. It was frustrating not to be able to put some by him. ... I knew he was a good goalie, but I was really impressed by him tonight.”

The Canadiens outshot Washington 35-19 and according to War-on-Ice Montreal had 73 shot attempts to 43 for Washington, but T.J. Oshie's two goals powered the Caps to their 18th win of the season and 8th on the road.

At 18-5-1, Washington is just four points behind Montreal and Dallas for the NHL lead, and they have two games in hand on Dallas and three on Montreal. They are tied with the Rangers atop the Metropolitan Division with three games in hand.