The Washington Capitals only have so much drama to offer with virtually everything clinched, yet they generated two legit stories in their 1-0 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils.
Most impressively, Braden Holtby earned his third shutout and 45th win of the 2015-16 season. With that, Holtby is really creeping on Martin Brodeur’s single-season record for goalie wins at 48.
The Capitals have nine games remaining this season, so there’s at least a possible best-of-both worlds scenario for Washington: he can chase the record and still maybe get a little breather toward the playoffs.
The other cool story: in his first game back from that lingering lower-body injury, John Carlson scored the game’s only goal in overtime.
And he did so emphatically:
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Actually, there are some “sub-stories” of note.
For one thing, Scott Wedgewood’s shutout streak ended, even if he continued what’s been a remarkable introduction to the NHL.
Also, the Capitals have one another thing to shoot for, beyond Holtby’s possible record:
The Devils, meanwhile, saw their long odds at a playoff run get that much longer on Friday night.