Holtby makes 41 saves as Capitals defeat Flyers again

Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:41am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Philadelphia Flyers have done a decent job against the top-seeded Washington Capitals at even strength thus far.

Special teams are another matter.

Braden Holtby made 41 saves, Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists, and the Capitals defeated the Flyers 4-1 on Saturday night, taking a 2-0 lead in their opening-round playoff series.

Jason Chimera scored a fluke goal from center ice and John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin scored power-play goals.

The Capitals killed off all three Philadelphia power plays -- including a 5 on 3 -- and scored both times they had the man-advantage.

"Usually you don't see that many penalties in the playoffs," Holtby said. The PKs there, we don't get rattled if they call something against us. We're ready to perform."

The Capitals have scored on 3 of 8 power-play tries, while the Flyers are scoreless in seven power-play chances.

"I thought our power play was pretty good tonight," Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said. "Their goaltender was a little bit better, so I guess we've got to be a little bit better and that's what we'll do."

Play resumes Monday night in Philadelphia.   Continued...

Apr 16, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) prepares to make a save on Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn (10) as Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) defends in the third period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 4-1, and lead the series 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports