Capitals' Holtby thwarts Flyers in first game

Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:48pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - John Carlson and Jay Beagle scored, Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots and the Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series.

Holtby, who tied the NHL record with 48 regular-season wins, helped the Capitals kill off four Philadelphia power plays as he picked up his third career postseason shutout.

Flyers goaltender Steve Mason was solid as well, finishing with 29 saves.

With the Capitals pressuring in the Philadelphia end late in the second period, the puck deflected off the stick of Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning and into the crowd.

The officials conferred briefly and Manning was sent to the box for delay of game at 16:02.

Only 19 seconds later, Carlson's blast from the point deflected off a Philadelphia's Chris VandeVelde and skittered by Mason to give Washington the lead.

The Capitals picked up some insurance with 3:23 left when Beagle beat Mason with a wrist shot from the slot.

Marcus Johansson had two assists.

Sean Couturier, the Flyers second-line center, left in the second period with what appeared to be a left arm injury and did not return.   Continued...

Apr 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle (83) celebrates with Capitals center Marcus Johansson (90) after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in the third period in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center.  Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports