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.