HOLTBY-SMASH

With under two minutes to go in the third period, the New York Islanders appeared to steal the game late from the Washington Capitals. As Thomas Vanek put a shot on Braden Holtby from the far corner, Kyle Okposo and John Tavares hacked at his gloved hand. Unfortunately for Holtby, Nate Schmidt jostled the puck loose from the Caps goaltender. Eventually, Vanek deposited the loose puck into the net.

Holtby was not pleased with the officials.

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HOLTBY SMASH (GIF by welshhockeyfan)

After the play, Capitals play-by-play man Craig Laughlin sided with Holtby and thought the call was curious. “He has the right to be upset,” Laughlin said. “The puck was under his glove. Nine out ten [times] that whistle goes, Joe B.”

However, Schmidt knocking the puck loose is probably the reason for the no-call.

Lucky for Holtby and the Caps, Nick Backstrom answered a minute later and Alex Ovechkin scored in overtime.

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  • RY

    I think I see a new photoshop contest on the way…

  • RY

    I think I see a new photoshop contest on the way…

  • JenniferH

    I think you may be right!

  • Tommy

    Had to eat food at a restaurant so I missed this. I like Holtby, a lot. I also Like Neuvy.

  • Ash

    John Carlson concurs.

  • Guest

    This is totally off topic. But December 14th is ugly sweater day at my work. If money weren’t an issue, I would spring for and Islanders alternate sweater. Thems ugly.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Haha. Can’t go to the same well too many times or it gets totally lame. :D Great job though, Ash!

  • Ash

    Yeah, I just couldn’t resist. Thanks! (I did consider also adding surprised!Latta… but I had to stick to lineup accuracy, dammit.)