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Despite going undefeated in regulation last month, Braden Holtby was named merely the NHL’s second star for December. He finished runner up to Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau. Holtby posted a 9-0-1 record with one shutout, a 1.69 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage in 11 scintillating appearances.
Holtby is currently the hottest goaltender in the NHL. He has 24 wins, best in the league. His 1.92 goals against average is the lowest among goalies to play more than 15 games.
“He’s been our MVP from day one on,” Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said earlier this month.
December only added to Holtby’s sparkling numbers. The Holtbeast led the Capitals to a nine game winning streak. He has not lost a contest in regulation in 18 games, the longest such streak in the NHL in the last five years.
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ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has been named the NHL’s “Second Star” for the month of December, the NHL announced today.
Holtby posted a 9-0-1 record with one shutout, a 1.69 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage in 11 appearances during the month to rank second in the NHL in wins and lead the Capitals (28-7-3, 59 points) to an 11-2-1 December as well as the top of the Eastern Conference standings. He allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 11 outings, including a 31-save shutout on Dec. 28 at Buffalo. The 6’2”, 217-pound goaltender has posted a 24-4-2 record in 31 games this season and leads the NHL in wins (24), ranks second in goals-against average (1.92) and tied for fourth in save percentage (.932). He has earned at least one point in 18 consecutive decisions dating to Nov. 12 (16-0-2), the longest such streak by any goaltender since Roberto Luongo posted a 21-game run with the Vancouver Canucks in 2010-11 (16-0-5). The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native was also named the NHL’s “Second Star” for the week ending Nov. 29 and was named the NHL “Second Star” for November.
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