With their season on the line, the Washington Capitals needed to come up big on Wednesday, and Braden Holtby helped them do just that with yet another terrific playoff performance.
1) Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals – Holtby could easily be one of the frontrunners for the Conn Smythe trophy with how well he’s been playing for Washington (1.95 goals-against average and .935% save percentage), and Wednesday was no exception. Holtby stopped 30 of 31 shots in Washington’s 2-1 win in Game Six, not to mention that he had a shutout going until 51 seconds remaining in the game.
2) Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals – Ovechkin has seen inconsistent ice time this postseason, but he’s been making do with nine points in 13 games to lead the Capitals this postseason. The Great Eight opened the scoring on Wednesday, tallying a power-play goal less than 1:30 into the first period to get the Caps off on the right foot. With both he and Ilya Kovalchuk having solid playoffs, we’re guessing the whole “enigmatic Russian” angle is out of the window.
3) Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals – Backstrom showed why he is one of the best playmakers in the league on Wednesday, tallying two assists in Washington’s 2-1 win over the Rangers. Ovechkin scored early and Jason Chimera scored Washington’s other goal.
Play of the Night
Jason Chimera finds a gift on the doorstep after the puck ricochets off of Nicklas Backstrom’s skate and onto his stick.
Shot of the Night
It’s not often that we highlight a shot that doesn’t go in or isn’t a terrific save, but this Alex Ovechkin shot was pretty slick.
Save of the Night
Braden Holtby flashes the leather in the waning seconds of the game to keep the Caps up by one.