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While Braden Holtby may get most of the attention in the Caps’ 4-0 whitewashing of the Columbus Blue Jackets, it was Travis Boyd’s first NHL goal that was one of the keys to an all-around perfect game for the Capitals on their road trip.
Boyd, who played in eight games last season (recording one assist), had yet to score his first NHL marker, finally doing so on a beautiful feed from captain Alex Ovechkin in the third period of Saturday night’s contest:
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Boyd also recorded one assist in the 4-0 win, giving him eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 13 games played this season, and five points (one goal, four assists) in his last six games played. After missing the start of the 2018-19 season due to an injury, the former sixth-round pick has done an admirable job in somewhat of a platoon role with Nic Dowd at the fourth-line center position, in addition to his time on the wing. Boyd’s versatility has been valuable for Head Coach Todd Reirden this season, one in which the team has been without key players in Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, and T.J. Oshie at various times.
By Michael Fleetwood