Braden Holtby was the Capitals’ best and most consistent player during round-robin play, stopping 74 of 80 shots in three games. But, Wednesday, during Game One of the Caps’ first-round series against the New York Islanders, the goaltender was at times a liability. Holtby was at fault for two iffy goals in the second half of the game, including Josh Bailey’s game-winning shorty.
The Capitals initially took a 2-0 lead due to two TJ Oshie second-period, power-play goals. Holtby then surrendered a gaal with 1:07 remaining in the period after Jordan Eberle beat him in the high slot. Holtby tracked the puck and saw it the entire way, but missed stabbing the biscuit out of the air with his glove.
“First goal obviously can’t go in,” a disappointed Holtby said after the game.