Brendan Gallagher

Holtby stops 29 shots in 7th straight victory

Holtby stops 29 shots in 7th straight victory

WASHINGTON — Coming out of the Christmas break, the Washington Capitals were determined to sustain the momentum they achieved before the four-day vacation.

They were also intent on keeping Montreal from emerging from its December funk.

The Capitals achieved both those objectives Saturday night, jumping to an early lead and riding the solid goaltending of Braden Holtby to a 3-1 victory.

Holtby stopped 29 shots and Jason Chimera contributed a goal and an assist in the Capitals' seventh straight victory.

The key goal, however, just might have been the one from Evgeny Kuznetsov that enabled Washington to take a 1-0 lead into the locker room after the first...