The Caps gave up a 2-0 lead, but a late goal from Jay Beagle gave Washington the 3-2 win over the Jets.
How it happened: The Jets came out swinging with 14 shots in the first period. Despite their early dominance, however, Braden Holtby managed to keep them out of the net and Karl Alzner scored with 44 seconds left in the opening period to give the Caps the 1-0 lead. Marcus Johansson made it 2-0 in the second period, but Winnipeg battled back with two goals in the third. Beagle, however, beat Jets goalie Connor Helleybuyck with a backhand shot with just 30 seconds remaining to steal away the dramatic win for the Caps.
What it means: Despite an ugly loss to Edmonton to start the road trip, the Caps won the last three to earn six out of eight points on the four-game swing through Canada. Washington never trailed at any point in any of the three wins.
Holtby in the zone: Braden Holtby has played well this season, but he has not played at the same Vezina-caliber level he managed last season...until tonight. Despite Beagle's heroics or Johansson's hot hands, Holtby was the team's best player of the night turning aside 43 of the 45 shots he faced including 14 in the first period to prevent Winnipeg from taking control early.
What a save!: Holtby may have had a solid night in net, but he got help in the second period from T.J. Oshie. In the second period, Holtby tried to freeze the puck, but he was unable to hold onto it and a mad scramble ensued on the doorstep. Joel Armia eventually got hold of the puck on Holtby's left. Holtby stretched the pad to cover the goal line low, but Armia chipped it over the pad and Holtby was down and out. Luckily for the Caps, a quick thinking Oshie jumped behind Holtby and held the goal line, just barely managing to keep the puck from crossing the red line.
Johansson can't miss: Of course Johansson scored. After four goals in the team's two games over the weekend, Johansson remained hot on Wednesday with an insurance tally in the second period to put the Caps up 2-0. He now has seven points in the last three games with a goal and an assist on Tuesday. The three-game goal streak matches a career-high. Johansson has six goals already, a mark he did not reach until Nov. 21 last season, and is currently scoring at a 54-goal pace.
Second-period dominance: Heading into Tuesday's game, the worst two teams in the NHL in terms of goals scored in the second period were Washington (3 goals) and Winnipeg (4 goals). If either team was hoping to find second period success, this was the game to get back on track. The Caps won that duel on Tuesday. The Jets outshot the Caps 15-9 in the middle frame, but were unable to pierce Holtby. Johansson's goal was the only tally of the period.
Look ahead: The Caps finally return home for a Thursday rematch with the Jets. They also host the Florida Panthers on Saturday and San Jose Sharks on Tuesday for Election Night before hitting the road again.
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