The Capitals led the New York Islanders 2-0 with 22 minutes remaining in regulation. By the end of the game, Washington has handed a 4-2 loss in Game 1 on Wednesday after two critical mistakes by Braden Holtby.
Check out a recap of the game here.
Observations from the loss
Holtby has to be better
Washington led 2-0 in the second period and looked to be in complete control until Jordan Eberle changed the game with a late second-period goal that…well, Braden Holtby just missed.
Mathew Barzal came charging into the offensive zone and dropped the puck off to Jordan Eberle. Eberle cut from left to right and fired a wrister from the top of the faceoff circle that somehow eluded Holtby’s glove.
Holtby was not screened on the play and the puck did not appear to deflect off the outstretched stick of John Carlson. Holtby was set and began