Last night, Braden Holtby tied Martin Brodeur’s all-time single season wins record. At times, 48 wins seemed like it’d be an easy mark to reach for the Holtbeast, but after the Caps lost three of their last four games, the Caps goaltender had to win his final scheduled start just to tie.
That drama and doubt fueled the Caps’ to one of their most convincing wins of the season, a 5-1 beatdown of the Blues, in St. Louis. It also meant one big celebration with their hairy goaltender.
At the end of the game, the Caps mobbed Holtby in the crease and gave him a giant group hug.
What a moment.
Holtby also got a hero’s welcome in the locker room, which I’m going to have break down.
— Washington Capitals (@washcaps) April 10, 2016
First off, Nate Schmidt is the happiest guy in the room. Ladies and gentlemen, meet #SchmidtFace.
We’ve got Michael Latta flexing.
Alex Ovechkin is clapping overtop his head, while Mitch Korn punches the back of his clipboard.
Karl Alzner claps, John Carlson gives a double thumbs up, and TJ Oshie beats that beat up.
Finally, Philipp Grubauer, Holtby’s back-up in net, is geeking out.
This team is so fun.
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