The Washington Capitals killed off a two-minute five-on-three Boston Bruins power play in the first period, which could have even been classified as a five-on-two advantage when Brooks Laich broke his stick. The Bruins managed seven shots on net in the first twenty minutes – three from the ever-dangerous Torey Krug – and Braden Holtby, who was tremendous, stopped them all.
Holtby did, however, have to make one ten-bell save. On himself.
Yes, it was the hardest save he made all period.
GIF by Ian Oland
As the Bruins dumped the puck in on a hard-around, the normally sure-handed Holtby left his crease to play it. Instead of the biscuit laying flat on his blade, it bounced high into the air back towards the crease. Wuh oh.
Holtby, seeing Bruins forward Shawn Thornton hustling towards the net, then played the puck, inching it even closer to the goal line before knocking it away.
So yeah, Braden Holtby almost scored on himself. Total Caps move.