Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel
I’ll say this for the All-Star Game: it was entertaining. Just because the stakes were non-existent, the stretch passes were careless, and the skating was lackadaisical didn’t mean there was an absence of drama. Quite the opposite. Just look at hero of the day John Scott. Or, for a Caps-specific angle, how about Braden Holtby vs Jaromir Jagr.
Twice in the first period, Holtby, franchise goalie for the league-leading Capitals, faced Jagr, 43-year-old freak of nature and the single biggest agitator of the Caps since the early 1990s, twice in the first period.
In their first confrontation, Holtby got the best of Jagr.
Yeah, you tell him, Braden.
But before the 10-minute period was up, Jagr got another chance. Metro “defenseman” Kris Letang was like, screw it I’m out, allowing Jagr a breakaway tête–à–tête with Holtby.
Holtby drifted out for a poke check, which did not work. All of a sudden the puck was on the top shelf.
Ugh, Jagr. He’s the worst. And also the best. We hate him; he’s so good. He needs to go away right now and never leave us.
— NHL (@NHL) January 31, 2016
Braden Holtby on @68Jagr scoring on him: "He froze me pretty well. He’s scored a few in his career [laughs] so I’m not the first goalie."
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) February 1, 2016
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