Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby did not win the Vezina Trophy for the league’s best goaltender, but did take home one piece of hardware. The Holtbeast received the William M. Jennings Trophy for backstopping the team “with the fewest goals scored against it.”
Philipp Grubauer did not share in the award because he did not play in a minimum of 25 games.
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Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals won the William M. Jennings Trophy, presented “to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it.”
Holtby saw the most action on a Capitals team that allowed a League-low 182 goals, 13 fewer than the Columbus Blue Jackets. He claimed his first career William M. Jennings Trophy as well as the second in franchise history, following the tandem of Al Jensen and Pat Riggin in 1983-84. Holtby – who yielded two or fewer goals in 42 of his 63 appearances (66.7%) – finished the campaign tied for the League lead in wins (42), while also ranking in the top five in shutouts (1st; 9), goals-against average (2nd; 2.07) and save percentage (4th; .925). He became the third goaltender in NHL history to post three consecutive 40-win seasons, joining Martin Brodeur (2005-08) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007-10).
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