Braden Holtby’s homecoming game against the Capitals didn’t go exactly as planned. The 2018 Stanley Cup-winning goaltender and maker of The Save gave up five goals to his former teammates, eventually yielding the net to Jake Oettinger in the third period. While the pull was bittersweet, there was one positive. It gave Holtby an opportunity to catch up with his teammates from between the benches.
“We just talked about life, I think,” Backstrom said. “How his family was and he asked about mine. We actually didn’t talk about the game at all.”
Judging by his comments and revelations from the day, Holtby no longer has any hard feelings towards the franchise — if he ever did at all — after being forced out in 2020 in favor of Ilya Samsonov due to salary cap constraints.