4 things we learned in the NHL: Holtby’s lightning fast rise

The Capitals beat the Flyers to help Braden Holtby to a milestone victory, becoming the second-fastest goalie to reach 250 wins. He took 409 games to hit the mark, while Ken Dryden is still number one after taking just 381 games.

Solid goaltending, an offensive surprise and defensive goal contributions are among the four things we learned in the NHL on Wednesday night.

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Braden Holtby’s impressive career reached another milestone with a 5-3 victory for his Washington Capitals over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The 29-year-old earned the 250th win of his career, becoming the second fastest goaltender in NHL history to do so.

Holtby has the highest win percentage among active goaltenders with at least 250 wins at 61.3 per cent. The 2015-2016 Vezina Trophy winner is also coming off a Stanley Cup victory last spring.

Washington, meanwhile, continues to roll and have won five straight and eight of its last 10 games while moving into first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Tom Wilson has quietly been having a solid offensive season for the Capitals.

The right-winger took a sweet pass from a sprawled out Alex Ovechkin to score his 19th goal of the season against Philadelphia.

Wilson’s career high in points was 35 in 78 games last season. He already has 34 points in 48 games with 15 matchups remaining this season.

The often-suspended forward missed 14 games earlier this season after being banned for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis’s Oskar Sundqvist during a September pre-season match. He was originally suspended 20 games but an arbitrator reduced the sentence.

Morgan Reilly may lead all NHL defenceman in goals, but it was his fellow blue liner who found the back of the net as well against the Vancouver Canucks.

Ron Hainsey opened the scoring while shorthanded for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their eventual 3-2 overtime loss against the Canucks. He hadn’t scored since Jan. 18 and Wednesday’s goal was his fifth of the season.

Reilly followed up with his 17th of the season just 34 seconds later. It was his first career goal against his hometown team.

The Maple Leafs lost for the first time all season when leading after two periods (32-1).

Marc-Andre Fleury was due to get beat at some point. Shutout streaks just don’t last forever.

The Vegas Golden Knights netminder had his streak snapped in the second period of a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames. He had posted back-to-back shutouts in his previous two starts against Vancouver and Anaheim.

It was still an impressive run for the 34-year-old veteran, who is enjoying another stellar campaign. His 3-0-0 record with a 0.33 goals-against average, .987 save percentage and two shutouts last week earned him the first star in the league’s three weekly award winners.

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