Braden Holtby has been chasing Martin Brodeur’s all-time single season wins record of 48. Weeks ago, it seemed like a mere formality that Holtby would eclipse the mark and become the new record holder. Then the last several weeks happened. Holtby failed to win in 7 of his last 16 games and two of his last three. Coming into the Penguins game, Holtby would have to win his final two starts to beat Brodeur.
Which is why when the Caps wanted to give Holtby a gift and honor him pre-game, the Holtbeast wanted nothing to do with it.
Braden Holtby gets a watch for being the #Caps' 3 Stars winner. No one wears watches anymore, but it's still a cool timepiece.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) April 7, 2016
Braden Holtby clearly wanted no part of pregame honor, skated away from photo op for award early to return to net for his routine.
— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) April 7, 2016
This isn’t the first time this season Holtby has been sassy about individual achievements. In March after setting the Capitals’ new single-season record for wins, Holtby downplayed it’s significance.
“It’s kind of cool,” Holtby said of the record. “We’re trying to accomplish a big goal here.”
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