Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has been dynamite lately, starting 11 straight games from February 9 to March 7. During that stretch, Holtby had three shutouts and only had a save percentage under .900 in two games. His play helped the Capitals get out of dead last and back within striking distance of the playoffs.
Against the Rangers on Sunday, however, Holtby struggled, giving up three goals on 22 shots. On New York’s first goal, he caught out of position, allowing Derek Stepan to bank the puck off his pads from behind the goal line. After giving up two more goals in the second, Head Coach Adam Oates had enough and decided to give Holtby the hook for Michal Neuvirth, who hadn’t played since February 7.
Braden wasn’t too happy about his benching or his performance.