After a month in which nothing seemed to go right for Washington, everything seemed to go their way under the bright lights in Annapolis. WIth the eyes of the hockey world on the Stadium Series, the Capitals raised their game for the occasion in a dominant 5-2 win. For several weeks, the only constant the team could rely on was the steady production of Alex Ovechkin. Even Braden Holtby, usually the face of consistency in net, scuffled through the worst stretch of his career with six straight losses. But Saturday proved to be a "get right" game for the Caps in just about every aspect of their game. Not enough production from the team's top stars? Nicklas Backstrom recorded three points in the first period as Washington jumped out to a 3-1 lead. Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson also registered three points on the night and Ovechkin scored his 40th goal of the season. "The leaders of team we rely on them the most," Carlson said. "And when they come out hot like that, I think everyone else kind of follows suit." Scuffling goalie? Holtby turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced against one of the league's most potent offenses for his first win since Feb. 9. "I thought Holts really responded well," Barry Trotz said. "The first time you go through things, Holts hasn't lost a lot of games in a row since I've been here anyways. And it's difficult because you're going into unchartered waters and you're wondering if it's you, if it's the team. You're looking for answers and sometimes the answers are just right there. You've got to just dial yourself in, don't doubt yourself and also just go out and almost steal one." Invisible fourth line? The fourth line was one of the team's best on the night, drawing an early penalty that allowed the Capitals to take the early lead.
After scuffling through February, Capitals finally rise to the occasion on the big stage
NBC Sports Washington | Mar 4