Braden Holtby, who has been arguably the NHL’s best player this season, took himself out at the 17:42 mark of the second period. A minute after Holtby gave up a second goal to the Rangers’ Chris Kreider at 17:28, he skated over to an official during a break in play asking to visit with Caps’ head athletic trainer Greg Schmidt.
After a 30 second talk, Holtby took himself out of the game and slowly went down to the lockerroom. He did not appear to sustain an injury on a save.
As of this moment, the Caps have not made an announcement on Holtby’s reason for leaving the game. Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin brought up that Holtby had dehydration issues at Joe Louis Arena in an earlier game against Detroit.
Update: Joe B and Locker were right. CSN Mid Atlantic’s Al Koken is reporting Braden Holtby left the game due to dehydration.
#Caps goaltender Braden Holtby (dehydration) will not return to today's game.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) January 18, 2016
RMNB reader Jess also shared this photo from January 10th.
Holts brought a fistful of cough drops out with him. Poor buddy. pic.twitter.com/dAUAYVR9SJ
— Jess (@glitter4goals) January 11, 2016
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