Caps goalies Braden Holtby, foreground, and Justin Peters. (Caps Outsider) The Washington Capitals...
Wins All Around for Caps Family of Teams!
Philipp Grubauer gets some help fending off the Binghamton Senators (All Photos Credit: M. Richter)
The Capitals organization tallied a hat trick tonight, even though none of their players managed the feat. By 10PM EST on 9 February, all three teams associated with the franchise had recorded regulation wins. Two of those were shutouts, and all three were backstopped by goaltenders in the Caps’ system. This calls for photos and high-fives all the way around (but especially for the goalies).
From the Ground Up:
Last, but not least, the Washington Capitals themselves tallied up a 5-0 win over the visiting Florida Panthers in a game with all kinds of “first of the season” milestones. Third-year pro and first-year NHL regular Braden Holtby served as netminder for the event (27 saves).
A Note of Optimism:
It’s easy, and probably sensible, to step back and point out that one win does not make a rebound when it comes to the Caps season. However, both the Royals and the Bears are fairing much better in terms of their compete level in their respective leagues, which lends cautious hope when looking at next year and beyond.
While all teams look to their prospect pool in times of stress and poor performance, not every team has both an ECHL and AHL franchise that are currently sitting in playoff spots (Reading in #1 Eastern Conference, Hershey in #7 Eastern Conference). Clearly, something is being done right.