Midway through the first period, Braden Holtby went behind the net to play a dump in. After he chipped the puck to Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen, Holtby skated back to the crease. And that’s when things went terribly, terribly wrong.
Holtby’s skate blade got caught in a rut on the ice and fell over. It was not graceful.
GIF by welshhockeyfan
Before the puck even dropped in the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs game, goaltender James Reimer already had one adventure in the crease. I’d even say he pulled a Varlamov. As Reimer dug his left skate into the ice to prepare his crease for game use, the goalie whom Leafs fans call Optimus Reim lost his balance and fell on his tush. A few minutes into the game, CSN Washington shared the overhead replay. Of course we GIF’d it.
Reimer ended up being okay– he stopped 11 shots in the first period after all– though tomorrow he might wake up with a bruise on his tailbone. And maybe his ego.
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