Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby may have given up five goals on Sunday, but he was as good as one could be with bad defense in front of him.
During an especially wobbly second period, Holtby kept the Caps within striking distance. The Holtbeast gave up three goals, but he stopped what appeared to be a sure-fire fourth by sweeping it off the goal line.
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) February 11, 2018
A night after Andrei Vasilevskiy went behind the back to rob Anže Kopitar, Holtby showed off his own flexibility.
After a shot from Dylan Larkin rang off the post, the bouncing puck pinballed off Holtby’s left pad and began careening towards the net. As the puck reached the goal line, Holtby reached back and swept it out of danger.
I’m not sure if this qualifies as a save since the initial shot hit the post, but I’m going to call it Braden’s best save of the year anyway.
Holtby may have only stopped 24 of 29 during the game, but he did just enough to get the Caps a standings point, including a talk with his teammates during the second intermission.
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