February 14, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) defends the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Tampa Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Around The Beltway: Road Warriors Edition

Now we can definitely call it a winning streak.

The Washington Capitals won their third straight game, and second in a row on the road, Thursday night at Tampa Bay. It wasn’t completely drama-free as the Caps nearly coughed up a three-goal lead in the final period, but a win is a win.

Not only that, but the good things outnumbered the bad once again. The power play is still on fire, as is Eric Fehr. Braden Holtby made a couple of key saves before Washington built its lead, saves that turned out to be pretty important later when said lead disappeared.

Oh, and his flashy glove work also made up for this brave yet foolish effort, a.k.a. how not to stop a breakaway:

That aside, this three-game road trip has turned out to be a blessing rather than a curse, and the Caps have to be feeling better about themselves than at any point in the season to date. Let’s go Around the Beltway and see if the media and fans are feeling the same way:

  • Some people are obviously not Holtbelievers yet. As in, they really think Washington still needs to trade for a goalie. Hey, what about that Roberto Luon… sorry, sorry. Just a reflex action at this point. (Bleacher Report)
  • Other people think Holtby played solid hockey for the most part. Those people include Troy Brouwer, and I’m probably going to listen to him, as he’s a lot bigger than me. (The Washington Times)
  • The Caps players have the day off today, and some of them will be visiting a children’s hospital this afternoon. (CSN Washington)
  • Maybe Thursday’s win was less about what’s right with the Caps and more about what’s wrong with the Lightning, who have now lost six straight after a 6-1 start. Sure, that’s one theory. (The Washington Times)
  • Brooks Laich wants us all to know that details on Washington player injuries are given out on a need to know basis, and we don’t need to know. That’s cool Brooks. Hey, by the way, when can we expect you back in the lineup? (DC Sports Bog)
  • Every Caps skater had at least one shot on goal against the Lightning. It’s hard to get more balanced than that. Japers’ Rink)
  • The guys at RMNB caught a still shot of one of my favorite moments from the Tampa game, which was when Ovi took off his helmet, ran his fingers through his hair, and ended up looking like Sonic the Hedgehog. More good pictures in there too. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

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