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Wednesday night, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his sixth goal and second OTGWG of the season. In front of his idol Pavel Datsyuk, Kuznetsov went one-on-three and beat Petr Mrazek on a brilliant individual play. Kuznetsov, who was second in the league in points a few weeks ago, still leads the Caps as a team (18).

Braden Holtby, rarely overstated or hyperbolic, had high praise for Kuznetsov when he spoke with flesh-colored cucumber Pierre McGuire after the game.

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Braden Holtby just made the save of the night and maybe the Caps’ save of the season. After denying a shot from the point, Holtby stopped Darren Helm’s rebound attempt on the door step, sweeping away the puck out at the goal line.

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Braden Holtby Cheats, Gets Away With It (Video)

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So here’s something that happened. The Detroit Red Wings scored what was obviously a goal when you see it on instant replay, but they were not credited with said goal because Braden Holtby, aka Biscuit Hidesby, played a little chuck-a-puck. The referees didn’t have conclusive evidence that the puck crossed the line, so they could not overturn the original call: no goal.

Take a look at this.

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Some Coach Tried to Get Braden Holtby to Change his Curve

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This is what Braden Holtby thinks Braden Holtby looks like.

There’s a new website out there called Players’ Tribune. Founded by former Yankee Derek Jeter, it aims to let players dictate things to ghostwriters reach fans without the the filter of the media. They’ve got a fill in the blank segment, which Braden Holtby (and Karl Alzner) recently participated in. Here’s what we learned.

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Things are going very well for the Washington Capitals. At 6-1-0, they lead the Metropolitan Division and are tied for the second most standing points in the league. Heading into Saturday night, several Caps were at or near the top of the league’s leaderboards.

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan should be swinging his pants around his head like a helicopter right now. Let’s recap.

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The Washington Capitals still lead the Carolina Hurricanes 1-0, but it nearly wasn’t so. During a second period 5-on-3 for the Canes, Justin Faulk put the puck in the back of the net. That would have been a goal EXCEPT.

Moments before Faulk took that shot, Karl Alner shoved Jeff Skinner into Braden Holtby‘s back. Holtby fell forward, his face mask spilled onto the ice. That’s when the official is supposed to blow the play dead– like, instantly, for, ya know, player safety. But that did not happen.

Instead, the puck trickled out to Faulk, who released a shot to right around where Holtby’s rather attractive face might have otherwise been.

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Braden Holtby will wear a special lavender goalie mask again when the Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins for Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Wednesday, October 28. The team released photos of the special-edition mask today.

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Sustainably Superior: Let’s Talk About Braden Holtby

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We’re thrilled to have Catherine Silverman aboard for this guest post. Cat writes for Today’s Slapshot and The Leafs Nation. She knows her goalies and was kind enough to write some words about Braden Holtby, his beard, and what makes him a great goalie. Be sure to give her a follow on Twitter. Take it away, Catherine!

I’ll make a confession: I’m an unabashed Braden Holtby apologist, and I absolutely adore just about everything about him.

He’s got that majestic beard. He flips his hair like he’s Henrik Lundqvist, but somehow also manages to always look like he’s hair-flipping in slow-mo during some sort of theatrical trailer for a surfing movie. He’s delightfully aggressive when skaters try to push him around, and he once refused to let the linesmen help him fish a puck out of his pads (despite the fact that it probably would have sped up the game a bit). Braden Holtby, in my eyes, is really a hero.

Outside of these more lighthearted reasons to appreciate Holtby, though, I’ve got a serious love for the way he plays the game — and if you’re a Capitals fan, you’re in for a serious treat yet again this year.

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The Washington Capitals did a lot of good things this summer, building off a roster that was one game away from making the Eastern Conference Finals. Brian MacLellan traded for TJ Oshie, signed Justin Williams, and re-upped Braden Holtby. These moves, on top of another year of Barry Trotz, has three NHL.com writers— John Kreiser, Mike Morreale, and Matt Cubeta–seeing red.

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A sampling of TSN hockey experts and NHL GMs were recently polled to rank the top 50 players in the league. Alex Ovechkin (5th), Nick Backstrom (22nd) and Braden Holtby (49th) were the three Caps to make the list. The rankings for Ovechkin and Backstrom seem reasonable (Backstrom might be a little high), but Holtby did not get due respect here.

There were five goalies in the top 50: Carey Price (3rd), Henrik Lundqvist(25th), Pekka Rinne (29th), Jonathan Quick (35th), and Holtby (49th).

Holtby is a better goalie than both Rinne and Quick.

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