For as bad as the Washington Capitals defense has been this season, Braden Holtby has done his best to weather the storm.

He did so again on Sunday, after the Caps got confused in the defensive zone and allowed Wayne Simmonds a semi-breakaway.

Simmonds made a deke, catching the Holtbeast flat-footed. Holtby lost his balance, but then did something miraculous.

GIF by Hana Imiolczyk

Like Stretch Armstrong, Holtby’s groin turned to rubber. His left leg appeared to grow by three and a half feet. He somehow stopped Simmonds with his left pad.


And since 85% of our readers are age 15 and below, here is Stretch Armstrong. I actually had one as a kid.

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  • Marky Narc

    Stretch Armstrong, you say?


  • Eddie

    Now we just need to keep the pedal to the floor, get the W, and hope someone punches Steve Downie in the head.

  • BPThomas

    Any chance you guys got a gif of the Holtby stick save?

  • Boush

    I’m still convinced that Stretch Armstrong was filled with nuclear waste.

  • Owen Johnson

    Ah yes, THIS is the Braden Holtby I have an irrational mancrush on.

  • This. If you can splice a mega-gif of the above save, the stick save, and then a slo-mo of the Beagle point-smile-nod that would be most excellent.

  • scrubversive

    If one broke and you left it sitting, it leaked some bizarre clear goop that would never come out. I treated it like nuclear waste.

  • Brackaphobia

    I accidentally tore a small hole in my Stretch Armstrong as a kid. I ate some of the goo inside because it looked like maple syrup. It wasn’t.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Explains a few things. 🙂