By Ian Oland
Braden Holtby played forward as a kid. But despite several attempts as a professional, Holtby has never scored a goal as a goaltender.
Saturday night in Los Angeles, Holtby did so during the NHL’s All-Stars Skills Competition. While participating in the Challenge Relay, Holtby clinched the win for the Metropolitan Division after scoring a goal on his fourth attempt. The Metropolitan All-Stars finished with a 1:21.700 time.
After the Skills Competition ended, Holtby was asked if he knew how many shots it took to score.
“Yeah, I don’t know,” Holtby said. “I shot them all. Hopefully one of them went in.”
He also admitted he enjoyed the experience.
“It was pretty fun seeing different guys talents,” Holtby said. “It was a good light-hearted type thing for the fans. I hope they got what they wanted.”
The most impressive goalie goal of the night actually came from Mike Smith during the Four Line Challenge. Smith slid the puck into a tiny hole in a board from the opposing red line, 180 feet away.
Mike Smith… FROM THE PARKING LOT! #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/rBVat5pDAR
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“It’s impressive,” Holtby said. “Usually you say it’s luck, but he can handle the puck with the best of them so he can do that again probably.”
Braden Holtby talks with the media after tonight's #NHLAllStar Skills Competition. pic.twitter.com/GQ4MyZ5dvS
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