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Rangers vs. Capitals 2015 results: Washington goes up 3-1 with Game 4 win

Another strong outing from Braden Holtby helped Washington secure a 2-1 win.

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He wasn't able to pitch a shutout like he did in Game 3, but Washington Braden Holtby was outstanding yet again and his effort helped the Capitals come away with a 2-1 win in Game 4 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Holtby stopped 28-of-29 shots.

It wasn't long ago Holtby was looking very shaky in the Capitals' net. He allowed at least three goals in three of Washington's final five games during the regular season. He then let in three goals on just 26 shots in Game 1 of the Capitals' first playoff game. In this series, however, Holtby has been terrific. The Rangers beat him for three goals in Game 2, but he allowed just two goals combined in the Capitals' three wins. New York came out firing in the first period of Game 5, but Holtby stopped all 13 shots to keep the game scoreless.

Holtby did let in a goal in the second period with Derick Brassard finding the back of the net for his fifth goal of the postseason. From there, Holtby shut down the Rangers and Andre Burakovsky picked up the offensive slack. Burakovsky scored his first goal of the postseason late in the second period then added a second goal less than a minute into the third period to make it 2-1. That proved to be enough with Washington now just a game away from advancing.

The series will shift back to New York for Game 5 on Friday. The Rangers will need a win to stay alive while a Washington victory would send the Capitals to the Eastern Conference Finals.