NHL Game Summary - Washington at Winnipeg|
(Thursday, March 21st)
Final Score: Washington 4, Winnipeg 0
Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Braden Holtby made 20 saves to notch his
second consecutive shutout of the Winnipeg Jets in the Washington Capitals'
4-0 triumph at MTS Centre.
Alex Ovechkin aided Holtby's cause by registering a goal and two assists,
while Nicklas Backstrom scored once and assisted on Ovechkin's tally in the
victory. Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson also lit the lamp for Washington,
which posted a 3-0 decision in its most recent visit to Winnipeg on Mar. 2
behind a 35-stop effort by Holtby.
The Southeast Division leading Jets lost for just the second time in five
games, with Ondrej Pavelec accumulating 21 saves in the setback.
"I think today we turned a lot of pucks over there, turned a lot of pucks over
in our zone too," Winnipeg forward Antti Miettinen admitted. "We're just not
getting enough pressure in their zone."
Washington dominated from start to finish, scoring a pair of goals in the
first period and later putting the game away with two more in the third.
An early Winnipeg giveaway led to Washington quickly jumping in front. Brouwer
skated up the right side following the turnover, then got back the puck on a
behind-the-net pass from Brooks Laich before firing a wrister from the left
circle through Pavelec just 3:06 in.
Ovechkin pounced on a loose puck near the end of the frame and put a centering
feed right on the stick of Johansson for a tip-in score 3:38 prior to the
"The start obviously helps," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "You get into
your game, and I thought we had a real good pace in the first period."
After a scoreless and uneventful second period in which the teams combined for
only seven shots, the Capitals ended any hopes of a Winnipeg comeback.
Pavelec was called for delay of game for clearing the puck over the glass with
6:17 to go, and Washington capitalized when Ovechkin one-timed Backstrom's
cross-ice pass for a 3-0 margin with just under six minutes left.
A 3-on-2 rush late in the game resulted in Backstrom's game-sealing marker, a
snap shot that deflected off Jets defenseman Derek Meech and past Pavelec with
1:38 left to play.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow at the MTS Centre ... Defenseman
Mike Green returned to the Washington lineup after missing the team's last 10
contests with a groin injury, while Laich was skating in only his second game
this season after missing time with a groin problem of his own ... The Jets
activated backup goaltender Al Montoya from injured reserve before the game.
He had been sidelined since Mar. 13 with a lower-body injury ... Jets forward
Andrew Ladd had a five-game point streak snapped.
03/21 23:46:17 ET