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The Washington Capitals took a commanding 2-0 series lead in the first round Stanley Cup playoff over the Philadelphia Flyers this evening, defeating the Flyers 4-1. Braden Holtby stopped 41 of 42 shots to power the Caps to a big 2-0 series lead. Hotly has been outstanding thus far, stopping 60 of 61 shots on net through two games.
Washington got on the scoreboard in the first period with a bomb from the blue line by John Carlson, set up by excellent screens from the Caps in front of the net. It was Carlson’s 8th career playoff tally and the second of this series. It gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead after the first period.
Washington outscored the Flyers 2-1 in the second period. The Caps second goal game from center ice. The puck deflected off Jason Chimera’s stick from center ice that bounced and bobbled to an unexpecting Steve Mason that gave the Caps a 2-01 lead on a freak goal. The Caps would take it. After Jakob Voracek cut the deficit to 21, Alex Ovechkin scored on his patented power play hammer shot that gave the Caps a 3-1 lead and served as the defaulting goal for the Flyers. The Caps took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.
Nicklas Backstorm would add insult to the Flyers by Just unloading a nasty writer on Mason and sealing the win for the Caps.
The Caps take a 2-0 series lead into Philadelphia. Even better for the Caps, a red hot Braden Holtby leads the charge for the Caps. He’s been nothing short of stellar in net.