Even in defeat, Alexander Ovechkin produced the goal of the weekend, squeezing through two opposing players and falling to his stomach while whipping a wrist shot past New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
The Chicago Blackhawks were down by one in the final seconds of the first period when Brad Richards approached the faceoff circle on the right side of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne. The veteran center made a small motion to Duncan Keith to move up to his left side, and then got ready for the draw.
It's too late for goaltender Jonas Hiller to prove anything more to the Anaheim Ducks. That ship sailed a while back. He's wearing a Calgary uniform now, so all that's left for him is to try and prevent them from advancing to the NHL's Western Conference finals.
Braden Holtby stood in a corner of the Washington Capitals' locker room, his arms folded across his chest, his voice low and monotone, his demeanor as steady and calm as when he was protecting the net.
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Braden Holtby was tremendous between the pipes, making 30 saves for his second career playoff shutout and backstopping the Washington Capitals to a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Braden Holtby was tremendous between the pipes, making 30 saves for his second career playoff shutout and backstopping the Washington Capitals to a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Jay Beagle scored the lone goal for the Capitals, who used a solid defensive effort to bounce back from Saturday's 3-2 Game 2 loss and take a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series. Holtby's other postseason shutout came against the Rangers on May 4, 2013 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. New York won that series in seven games. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21-of-22 shots for the Rangers in his 100th career postseason game. The series will resume with Game 4 Wednesday at Verizon Center.