Peter did his best to capture Caps fans’ delight in Braden Holtby tonight, but there’s only so much you can do with words. You can say Holtby recorded a 30-save shutout against a top-five shooting New York Rangers team, but that doesn’t really describe the majesty of the accomplishment. You can say Holtby is sporting a .949 save percentage in the playoffs, a good tenth and change above the next goalie in the second round (Tampa’s Ben Bishop, at .933), but those are just cold numbers, devoid of poetry.
The best moments in sports are transcendental. Words are insufficient. You just gotta feel it. Let Ovi feel it for you.
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Effing right, boys.
Holtby’s shutout comes two years after his last postseason shutout, also a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers— then with just 24 shots faced.
“At times I felt good,” Holtby bragged about his feat. “At other times I felt just like a normal game.”
Okay, that’s a little understated.
Now bathe in this: the honesty and purity of a celebratory hug, led by John Carlson and then followed up by every other person wearing red on the ice.
Yeah, that’s the right vibe. Attaboy, Holtby.
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