Holtby makes 30 saves, Capitals defeat Flyers in shootout
- Braden Holtby made 30 saves for the Washington Capitals in a 2-1 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.
- Brendan Leipsic scored for the Capitals (14-2-4), who extended their point streak to 13 games (11-0-2) and improved to 9-1-1 on the road.
- Washington’s T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in the shootout.
“We haven’t been in a 1-0 game going in to the third period this year,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. “They were able to convert on the power play, credit to them for making a good play on that. Then I thought the second half of the third period we really carried the play. That’s a strong mark of our team, we kept pushing. They made some good saves, we had some really good chances. We were able to get the extra point in the shootout.”
- Claude Giroux tied the game in the third period and scored in the tiebreaker for Philadelphia (10-5-3), which had its winning streak end at four but extended its point streak to seven games (5-0-2).
- Carter Hart made 35 saves.
- It was the third straight game the Flyers went to the shootout and fourth straight they played past regulation.
“I thought we had a tough first period,” Philadelphia forward Jakub Voracek said. “I think we were light on pucks. … I thought we got better since the second period came on. It was an open game, and I’m glad we got one point out of it.”
NHL Highlights | Capitals @ Flyers 11/13/19
- The longest point streak in Capitals history is 15 games (14-0-1 from Jan. 13-Feb. 10, 2010). …
- Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov played one shift in overtime that lasted 3:09. Forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin were out with him for 3:08. …
- It was Holtby’s 266th win, all with the Capitals, tying Felix Potvin for 50th in NHL history. …
- Washington has won five straight games against Philadelphia. …
- Flyers rookie defenseman Philippe Myers had his goal streak end at three games.
- No rookie NHL defenseman has scored in four straight games since Brian Benning of the St. Louis Blues in 1986-87. …
- Philadelphia’s point streak is its longest since it went 9-0-1 from Jan. 14-Feb. 9, 2019.
Sources & Credits: Adam Kimelman / NHL.com, WAS Capitals, PHI Flyers