WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Washington Capitals march towards the Stanley Cup began with a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening round of the playoffs.
The victory rested on good goal tending. Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots. Holtby’s third career playoff shutout tied him for second place in franchise history. Ollie Kolzig holds that distinction with 6 career playoff shutouts.
Offensively, Marcus Johansson chipped in with two assists and John Carlson scored the game-winning goal. Jay Beagle also scored.
The Caps outshot the Flyers 31 – 19. Despite no goals from star Alex Ovechkin, 18,506 fans turned out for the team’s 311th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.
Many of the fans turning out for the game filled area restaurants and bars before and after the game.
For more on the hoopla surrounding the opening game of the playoffs please watch the video above.
The Capitals will host game 2 of the playoff series Saturday at 7 p.m.