There are a lot of reasons the Capitals arrived in Newark on Friday feeling a lot better about themselves than when they left Washington on Wednesday.
The biggest is Braden Hotlby.
The Capitals couldn't hold on against the Canucks and fell 4-3 at home. A slow start and poor penalty kills were to blame for the tough loss.
In hindsight, Barry Trotz’s decision to pull goaltender Justin Peters after he allowed two goals on six first-period shots didn’t work out Saturday night in Toronto.
There were under 2 minutes remaining in the Capitals’ 5-2 win over the New York Islanders on Friday night when Braden Holtby thought about doing something no Capitals goaltender has ever done.