Despite a pretty shaky defense, Washington Capitals starting goaltender Braden Holtby has been sensational this season. His .920 save percentage is above average and winning games. He has made the fifth most saves in the NHL. Since those struggles in the opening weeks, he’s been good almost every night.

On Friday, The Holtbeast bailed the Caps out again, stopping 27 of Detroit’s 28 even-strength shots and 34 out of 37 overall. His best save of the night came 15 minutes into the game, as Tomas Tatar tried to stuff a wraparound.

As Holtby got caught against the right post thanks to Justin Abdelkader wiping out, he extended his left pad to stop Tatar. What seemed like an inevitable goal turned into an acrobatic save.


Tatar shook his head at the bench. Despite a holey defense with a bunch of replacement-level players, Holtby has been making a lot of shooters shake their heads this season. We should point that out more.

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  • JenniferH

    He does have saves that leaves the other team shaking their heads on the bench quite a few times I’ve noticed, and yeah he doesn’t seem to get the credit for it that many an elite goalie around the league does. I see a lot of other goaltenders (even other young up and comers) get kudos and raves that Braden is just not getting and I begin to question am I just blinded because he’s my favorite? But, no, he really is a great goalie, darn’t! So thank you, Ian, for doing some Holts-highlighting.

  • Adam Schwager

    He doesn’t seem to ever let up goals on first shots or on timers. It only rebounds and tips that ever seem to get him