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.
Remember when we would share laughs when Braden Holtby out-sassed opponents? Those nights are rarer now that the Holtbeast, under the tutelage of Mitch Korn, has found inner-peace.
Former Capital goalie Semyon Varlamov, however: not so much.
Under insane head coach Patrick Roy, Varly is a fierce mama bear in net. When Tom Wilson came uninvited into the blue paint a month back, Varlamov punched Wilson right in the face. Against Dallas on Tuesday, Varly would have none of Vernon Fiddler’s stick-poking.
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