On Tuesday, Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer led the Capitals to a nail-biting 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs after replacing a shaky Braden Holtby in the first period. On Thursday, however, Grubauer never came to mind, as Holtby managed a brilliant shutout against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who were going for an NHL record 17-straight wins in a single season. In fact, Grubauer wasn’t even on the bench most of the game.
“He was fine this morning, and then on his way here, he wasn’t feeling so good,” Caps head coach Barry Trotz said after the game. “We kept him in the back room. He was getting pumped full of fluids and stuff.”
The Caps-Devils game today has been a mess. After a scary injury involving John Moore, the game has devolved into infinite penalties and cheap shots.
With 39 seconds left in the second period, Philipp Grubauer even got involved in a scrum after Miles Wood took an extra whack at a rebound. (Yes, the same Miles Wood that Alex Ovechkin gave a signed photo to two nights earlier.)
Braden Holtby’s passion for men’s fashion is well known and he’s continued to explore the art this season. Holtby did a photoshoot for GOTSTYLE and donned a fedora in a photoshoot for DC Luxury Magazine in October. He also rocked a fancy Smoky Bear hat/tan coat outfit after a recent practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Friday, Holtby shared his opinions about socks as part of a promotional video for the Caps Holiday Ticket Package. And I can report, he is very passionate and opinionated about the topic.
Way back in 1996, I first fell in love with the sport of hockey. My older brother Brandon was watching a Capitals game in the family room and I saw Mark Tinordi crush a guy into the glass. “Is that a penalty?” twelve-year-old me asked. My brother explained that it was legal. I instantly fell in love with the sport.
A few months later, my Dad took my brother and I to a Caps/Rangers game at USAir Arena as a Christmas gift. But my Mom (Jenny) was a different story. She had trouble understanding the sport’s more confusing rules (icing and offsides) and strategy (forechecking). The names would also prove to be difficult. “How did Steve Kon-a-wally-chuck-chuck (Steve Konowalchuk) do? Did Yagger (Jaromir Jagr) score a goal or just mope around?” My Mom would catch a game or two and always pay attention to the hockey highlights on the 11pm news, but the sport always remained on the periphery for her. That has begun to change.
With RMNB becoming such a big part of my life, my Mom has started to watch games more religiously. She even has a favorite player (whose name she can actually pronounce right). So on Christmas, I surprised her with her very first hockey jersey – 20 years after my Dad got my brother and I our first hockey tickets.
It’s Christmas Eve and our Twitter mentions (or menchies as Peter calls them) are starting to get into the holiday spirit. Such as reader Madeline who sent us this photo of her Christmas tree. Her family made Braden Holtby their tree topper.
“Some people use stars, some people use angels – we use both,” she wrote in an email to RMNB.
It’s almost New Year’s and that means it’s time for renewal and betterment. Braden Holtby hasn’t sprung for a new gym membership, but he does have a new mask. Friday night, Swedish airbrush artist Dave Gunnarsson revealed DC Dedication Evo Volume 2, an updated version of Braden’s current helmet.
Last Saturday, fashionista Braden Holtby arrived at Verizon Center. He was wearing a fancy hat.
The fashion trend continued at practice on Tuesday. According to readers Steph and Alyssa, Holtby emerged from Kettler Capitals Iceplex wearing a giant, tan, wide-brimmed, fedora-like hat. They even gave us the photos to prove it.
Look at this perfect human.
Braden Holtby’s magical 2016 continues. Thursday morning, the Washington Capitals announced that the Lloydminster, Saskatchewan-native will participate in the Canadian Embassy’s tree lighting ceremony along with Ambassador David MacNaughton next Tuesday.
“After the @uscapitol tree, come by and join the party w/ @Holts170!” the Canadian Embassy wrote on Twitter.
During the 2016 calendar year, Holtby notched his first All-Star Game appearance, tied Martin Brodeur’s single-season wins record, and won the 2016 Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender. Holtby was also named to Team Canada’s World Cup of Hockey team and auctioned off a custom-made mask to charity in honor of The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie.
The Washington Capitals were dominated in every facet of the game Saturday night, losing to the upstart Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. The Caps have played three games over the last four nights, but starting goaltender Braden Holtby was not interested in any excuses after the game.
“We were completely embarrassed by a young team,” Holtby said to the media. “I think we need to get to work in practice. Get in better shape. Get working harder. Realize it’s not easy just because we had success last year.”
It should have been a win, and Braden Holtby knows it. But with Columbus goals in the first and last minutes of the third period, the Washington Capitals blew it.
With 42 seconds left in regulation, Holtby left the net to give the Caps an extra attacker. On the bench during a late timeout, Holtby was cranky as hell.
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