Braden Holtby was solid as the Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers to take a commanding 2-0 series lead on Saturday night at the Verizon Center.
The Flyers peppered Holtby with 42 shots, but had no answer to the Vezina Trophy favoured goaltender.
They out-shot Washington 19-5 in the first period.
Philadelphia has had a problem with taking penalties in this series. It hurt them in Game 1, along with Game 2, as Washington capitalized on the powerplay, going 2-2 on the man advantage.
The Capitals were coming off a 2-0 win in Game 1 of this series, with Holtby picking up the shutout. Washington now holds a 2-0 series lead, with Game 3 on Monday, at Wells Fargo Center.
Steve Mason made 19 saves for the Flyers.
Scoring Summary: WSH 4, PHI 1
14:09 / 1st – J. Carlson (2) from N. Backstrom (2), M. Johansson (3) PPG
2:26 / 2nd – J. Chimera (1) from K. Alzer (1), M. Niskanen (1)
17:21 / 2nd – A. Ovechkin (1) from N. Backstrom (3), M. Johansson (4) PPG
17:47 / 3rd – N. Backstrom (1) from T. Oshie (1), J. Carlson (1)
9:37 / 2nd – J. Voracek (1) from B. Schenn (1), S. Gostisbehere (1)