braden-holtby-super-srs

Braden Holtby sat at the far end of the Capitals locker room for a few minutes, staring straight ahead. As reporters began to file in, Holtby walked out of the room to gather himself, returning about 10 minutes later. Earlier in the night, he held a 3-1 lead against the New York Islanders, just 13 minutes away from tying Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur for the most wins in a single season. With the Capitals possessing the best third period goal differential in the league and a significant shot advantage, Verizon Center roared as every save put him closer to the NHL record of 48 wins.

But in the final minutes, Holtby buckled, making an elementary miscue that ended up in the back of his net, putting the Islanders within one.

“I just, I made a mistake and it changed the momentum,” a dejected Holtby said of the play after the game. “It was just one of those plays I got caught between covering it and putting it in the corner, and when you’re in between decisions, it never ends up well.”

Continue Reading

braden-holtby-headlock

Braden Holtby‘s nickname is the Holtbeast for good reason. He can have a temper (just ask Taylor Hall) and he protects his crease like a mama bear protects her cubs.

Wednesday night in Philadelphia, Holtby got a roughing minor, his third minor penalty of the year, after Sean Couturier got a wee bit too close to Holtby’s cage.

Continue Reading

holtby-bored

Braden Holtby inched closer to history tonight. After making 22 saves against the Devils, Holtby earned his third shutout and 45th victory of the season. The 1-0 win brings the Holtbeast three victories away from tying Martin Brodeur’s NHL record for most wins in a season (48 in 2006-07).

But if you were expecting the zen Holtby to dance a jig or pop some bottles, you’d be mistaken.

The dude looked straight bored tonight.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

Braden Holtby Is Sick of The Way The Caps Are Playing

Andre Ringuette

Photo: Andre Ringuette

With their 4-2 win over the Senators, the Caps clinched the number-one seed in the East, set a franchise record for wins on the road, and put Braden Holtby within striking distance of Marty Brodeur’s single-season win record. But Holtby wasn’t happy.

“We’re all kind of sick of the way we’ve played at times the last couple of months,” Holtby said after the game.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

holtby-pass

When Daniel Winnik got traded to the Washington Capitals late last month, we figured the grinding forward would get an offensive boost playing with DC’s high end talent. We just didn’t realize how easy they would make it for him.

With the Capitals trailing 1-0, Winnik jumped on the ice in the waning seconds of a Capitals power play. Braden Holtby and Evgeny Kuznetsov, however, weren’t quite done with their work on the man-advantage. Despite the seconds ticking down, Holtby fed Kuznetsov puck the puck in the Capitals’ zone off off a brilliant, high-flying breakout pass that easily found the Russian forward.

“That’s something we try to do in the past, usually at the end of the power play when you’re not worried about changing or anything like that,” Holtby said of the play. “You’re trying to get it into their zone at the end of the power play. You know Kuzy’s gonna make those reads. He read it well.”

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

kuznetsov-slap-pass

The Capitals gave up the first goal of the game. Again. To This Guy. But they soon got it back thanks to Daniel Winnik’s first goal as a Cap and a textbook slap-pass by Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

braden-holtby-wins-record

Photo: Patrick McDermott

Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, Braden Holtby captured another franchise record. With his 42nd win of the season, Holtby passed Olie Kolzig for most wins by a Caps goaltender in a single season. It’s also Holtby’s career high.

During an interview with Al Koken after the game, Holtby was not impressed.

“It’s kind of cool,” Holtby said of the record. “At the same time, it shows just how good of a team we have this year. It’s all just stats right now. We’re trying to accomplish a big goal here.”

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

tj-oshie-goal

I was going to give this story a sexy title like: TJ Oshie Goes Top Shelf, Unstoppable In Shootout, but the Caps shootout victory over the Ducks was a true team victory. For those who stayed up until 1 AM last night, you know what I mean.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

braden-alexander-gifts

In February, two RMNB readers, Daniel and Katie, told us that they had named their new child after two of their favorite Caps players, Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin. Naturally, we had to share the news of tiny Braden Alexander with all of you. The post was one of our most-read articles of February and NHL Live even showed a picture of tiny Braden on TV.

That reception was wonderful — Daniel and Katie thanked me approximately a million times through email — but that’s not the end of the story. A few days later, the Capitals reached out to me privately and asked if I could arrange for a package be sent to Daniel and Katie.

You’re never going to believe what they were sent.

Continue Reading

Braden Holtby Named to Team Canada’s World Cup Team

holtbycanada

Team Canada announced the first 16 players on its World Cup of Hockey roster. Among those first 16 was a very handsome, very excellent goaltender you might know. His name is Braden Holtby. Katie Brown touched on this very topic earlier this week.

This is the first World Cup of Hockey in 12 years. The last WCH was in 2004 and was won by Canada. Unlike the IIHF World Championships, the World Cup of Hockey is organized by the NHL, with NHL rules, and is timed to not overlap with the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Continue Reading