Their names are Honey and Maple Holtby.
Their names are Honey and Maple Holtby.
COVID-19 has forced all the major sports leagues in North America to shut down and its athletes to shelter in place. During that time, however, the coronavirus pandemic has caused two major power couples from the Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals to collaborate together on social media: Braden Holtby and Bradi Holtby and Sean Doolittle and Eireann Dolan.
On Thursday, the Holtbys donated 25,000 meals to the hungry through the Capital Area Food Bank days after the Sean and Eireann did the same. “You guys are the best and we’re so lucky to share a sports city with you,” Doolittle said on Twitter.
The Nationals’ reliever also suggested a good idea to keep Braden sharp during the pause in his NHL season.
Braden and Brandi Holtby are trying their best to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thursday afternoon, the Holtbys announced they will be donating 25,000 meals to the hungry through the Capital Area Food Bank after being “[i]nspired by our fellow DC Sports family.”
“As the region’s largest hunger-relief organization, their services are needed now more than ever,” Brandi wrote. “Please help us get to 50k meals!”
This week the Washington Capitals released the full and final list of goal songs picked by the players, but it’s sadly incomplete. Goalie Braden Holtby isn’t on there.
Now, Holtby has never scored a goal, but it could happen. Pekka Rinne scored a goal this year, and Holtby called that “awesome.” And in his career, Holtby’s been credited with two shot attempts in addition to eleven assists. So for him to not have a goal song feels like a failure to address a very real contingency. Nay– an eventuality.
When Holtby finally does score a goal, here’s what we need to hear.
Losers of five of their last six games, Ilya Samsonov (16-4-1) will get the start in goal on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. Saturday will mark Samsonov’s 23rd birthday.
Braden Holtby (21-13-5), who has been spectacular lately, will get the nod against the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins.
Braden Holtby is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. Despite Brian MacLellan making it pretty clear that the team was holding onto Holtby and would talk contract with him after the year, the Capitals general manager was asked by the media during his press conference on Wednesday if Braden would still be on the team after the trade deadline.
“Braden? Yeah,” a surprised MacLellan said. “I think our story has been the same the whole year. He’s our guy and we’re going to try and compete for a (Stanley) Cup. We want him playing the top of his game at the end of the year.”
Tonight at Pepsi Center will feature a classic showdown between mentor vs. mentoree, sensei vs. senpai, and beardy goalie dad vs. his beardy goalie son.
Philipp Grubauer will start in goal for the Colorado Avalanche and face off against Braden Holtby. It marks only the second time the two former teammates have started against each other since the Capitals traded Gruabauer and Brooks Orpik for a draft pick during the 2018 NHL Draft.
Braden Holtby gave up seven goals on 25 shots against the Philadelphia Flyers and was mercifully pulled in the third period. The game marked the seventh time in 11 games Holtby had given up four or more goals.
But after the game, Capitals players took complete responsibility for the loss, pointing to a terrible defensive performance as the cause.
The Washington Capitals are led by one of the greatest goal-scorers of all-time and the first Russian to ever captain a team to a Stanley Cup, Alex Ovechkin. The Great 8 has captained Washington over the last decade-plus, but waiting in the wings, according to multiple teammates, is Tom Wilson.
“You could see the raw physicality and the skating,” goaltender Braden Holtby said to NHL.com’s Ben Raby. “But he was also one of those guys that once he got here, even when he was a rookie, you could tell that he was meant to be a captain in this league.
After an inspiring outing against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, Braden Holtby gave up three first period goals and five overall to the Nashville Predators, earning his eighth loss in the last 13 games. But it was his gaffe on an early third-period powerplay that Holtby believes deflated the Capitals and gave Nashville the momentum to complete their comeback and win.
“It’s just a play that can’t happen,” a dejected and soft-spoken Holtby said in the locker room after the game. “It’s what killed us.”
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