As expected, Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer will return to his backup position after opening the 2018 postseason as Washington’s starter. Grubauer posted a 4.57 goals against average and a .837 save percentage during Games One and Two of the Capitals’ first-round series against the Blue Jackets.
Head coach Barry Trotz will instead turn to Braden Holtby for Game Three.
Braden Holtby will be the Capitals’ starting goaltender for Game 3.
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Holtby relieved Grubauer in the third period of Game Two. In 33 minutes of game time, Holtby made seven saves on eight shots, but gave up Matt Calvert’s overtime game-winner.
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“We just needed that one save,” Trotz said after Game Two. “We just needed that one save, and we weren’t able to get it.”
“The body of work of both those guys have been terrific, obviously Holts a little longer than Grubi in terms of that,” Trotz continued. “I have absolute confidence in both goalies. They’ve been terrific. They’ve won us a lot of games, and one thing about them is that they bounce back all of the time.”
With the Capitals facing a potential un-come-back-able 3-0 series hole, Holtby will need to have a huge game in Columbus.
And lucky for us, Capitals PR is here with some facts to give us all hope:
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