Goaltender Braden Holtby registered his first playoff shut-out this season to guide the Washington Capitals to a 1-0 win against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the best of seven semifinal series. The Capitals now lead the Eastern Conference series 2-1.
After a barren first period, winger Jay Beagle finally scored a wraparound attempt in the second period. The puck was deflected by defense-man Keith Yandle’s skate before entering Rangers net. The deflection was much-needed to beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who had another excellent outing in the nets. This was Beagle’s first post-season goal.
The Rangers unleashed a foray of attacks in the 3rd period, with 10 attempts at the net, but Holtby kept them at bay. The Rangers finally managed to stop Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, who scored in every games of this series prior to game 3, but couldn’t beat Holtby in the nets. Holtby pulled off 30 saves on Monday to notch up his second career playoff shut-out to give his side a major victory.
“At times, I felt good. At other times, felt just like a normal game. Some days they go well. Some days they don’t,” Holtby said after keeping the citadel intact. “I was just trying to do my part.”
The Rangers out-shot the Capitals 30-22 in another nail-biter they took part of. They have now played 10 consecutive playoffs decided by a single goal, which is an NHL record.
The series now moves to Washington for Game 4 on Wednesday.