Capitals Eke Out 1-0 Win Over Devils


The Capitals beat the Devils 1-0 Thursday evening at Verizon Center. The win improved the Capitals record to 43-12-8 (93 points). The Capitals next play host to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night at Verizon Center. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. 

devils-at-capsBraden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Cory Schneider got the start in goal for the Devils.

T.J. Oshie missed his 4th consecutive game with an upper body injury. Andre Burakovsky missed his 8th consecutive game due to a hand injury. Nate Schmidt and Taylor Chorney were the healthy scratches for the Caps.

This was the Capitals’ 348th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.


  • Jakub Vrana scored his second career goal, which was also the game winner.
  • The Capitals win their 14th consecutive win on home ice. This is a new franchise record.
  • Braden Holtby stopped all 15 shots he faced. This was his league-leading 8th shutout of the season.
  • Holtby is now one shutout shy of tying the franchise record for shutouts in a season (Holtby: 2014-15, Jim Carey: 1995-96).
  • Braden Holtby improves to 18-0-1 in 2017.
  • Washington has scored first in 22 of its last 27 games (1/3-3/2) and is 36-5-4 this season when scoring first.
  • The Capitals’ 93 points and 43 wins this season are the second-most through the first 63 games in a season in franchise history (2015-16: 47-12-4, 98 points).
  • The Capitals have posted a 30-6-4 record since Dec. 5 and have tallied a point in 26 of their last 30 games (23-4-3). In its last 30 games (12/29-3/2), Washington has outscored opponents 118-59, scored four or more goals 19 times and allowed two goals or fewer 20 times during that span.

The first period would conclude without a score for wither side. The Capitals led in shots on goal 7-4 for the opening frame. The Caps outhit the Devils 13-3 for the first period. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play.

The second period would also go scoreless, as New Jersey continued to execute a frustrating trap defense in front of the Caps zone entries. The Caps outshot the Devils 7-5 for the second period, and 14-9 through two periods of play.

The almost-highlight of the period was an attempted fight between Dmitry Orlov and Joseph Blandisi just with two minutes left in the period.


Jakub Vrana would finally break the monotony with a power play goal at 7:21 of the final frame.


The Capitals would hold on to the 1-0 win.


Barry Trotz’ post-game media session:


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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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