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Holtby, Oshie star in win over Penguins


Holtby, Oshie star in win over Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night at Consol Energy Center: 

How it happened: T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom combined for two goals and three assists and John Carlson had a goal and one assist, but it was Braden Holtby’s 44 saves that provided the difference in the Caps’ win. Holtby made 30 stops in the first two periods and another 14 in the third period to stretch his own points streak to 12 games. He is 11-0-1 in his last 12 starts. He stopped Evgeni Malkin four times in the slot in the second period, and stole a goal away from Olli Maatta in the third of a perfect feed from Sidney Crosby.

What it means for the Caps: The Caps (21-6-2, 44 points) finished their road trip with a 2-1-0 record and are now 9-1-1 in their last 11. They moved ahead of the Montreal Canadiens for the most points in the Eastern Conference, with two games in hand. They are also two points behind the NHL-leading Dallas Stars, who have played one more game.   

What it means for the Penguins: The Penguins fell to 2-3-3 in their last eight games and 0-1-0 under new coach Mike Sullivan.

Sid vs. Ovi: Sidney Crosby (51) and Alex Ovechkin (38) combined to score 89 points in their previous 34 head-to-head matchups but did not factor in Monday night’s scoring. 

Drop those gloves: Two nights after Caps defenseman Nate Schmidt got into his first NHL fight, Caps blue liner Taylor Chorney got into his first scrap as well – at least in the regular season. Chorney and Nick Bonino went at it with 2:35 remaining in the second period. Chorney connected with a right uppercut, then took an overhand right from Bonino before they went to their respective dressing rooms with cheers from their teammates. Chorney has had five AHL fights. His last in the NHL came in a 2010 preseason game when he fought Arizona’s Vernon Fiddler.

Oshie hit: T.J. Oshie angered the Penguins bench and most of the sellout crowd when he checked Beau Bennett hard into the boards with 1:29 remaining in the first period. Bennett left the ice protecting his shoulder and did not return.  

Double dose of Beagle: The Caps’ checking line of Jay Beagle, Jason Chimera and Tom Wilson had a very strong night against the Pens’ top two lines. Beagle alternated between smothering Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.    

Look ahead: The Caps are back in action Thursday night at Verizon Center against the Ottawa Senators.

RELATED: Chorney drops the gloves against his former team

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.


The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals at Canadiens
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime


You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


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Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately


Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately

The Caps signed University of North Dakota forward Shane Gersich, a fifth round selection in 2014 and one of the organization’s top prospects, on Friday morning, the team announced.

Gersich, a left shot who is listed at 5-11, 175-pounds, has already joined the team in Montreal, where the Caps play the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night.

His contract, which begins this season, carries an average annual value of $925,000.

It’s unclear when Gersich will make his NHL debut, but it could happen at some point in the Caps’ final eight games before the playoffs.


NBC Sports Washington has been told that the primary objective for Gersich in the coming weeks is to get his first taste of the NHL by observing—and practicing alongside—his new teammates in Washington. If the opportunity to get him into the lineup presents itself, then it’s possible he’ll suit up.

The 21-year-old just completed his third season at UND. Here are Gersich’s numbers from junior and college, courtesy of


At UND, the smooth-skating and skilled Gersich also produced this memorable goal vs. Denver:

Gersich has been assigned jersey No. 63 in Washington, according to the Caps’ website.

The addition of Gersich and subsequent subtraction of Travis Boyd, who was reassigned to Hershey on Friday morning, leaves the Caps with 14 forwards on the roster.

“I think he did a great job at rookie camp,” Caps GM Brian MacLellan said of Gersich in July. “He was one of our best players, if not the best player, at camp. Really happy about the way he’s progressed and where we picked him. I think Ross Mahoney did a great job with that pick.”