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Braden Holtby thinks NHL refs are the bee’s knees

Apr 11, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

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Braden Holtby might just have bought himself a few calls with the nice things he’s been saying about NHL officials.

When the Capitals’ rookie goalie was asked if he was worried about the Boston Bruins crashing his crease during their first-round series, Holtby replied that he’s been through worse in the minors.

“To tell you the truth, the NHL game in front of the net is a lot easier than the AHL game. The refs are a lot more precise in their calls. That’s obviously why they’re in the NHL,” Holtby said, as per the Washington Post. “The AHL there’s a lot of stuff that goes that should be penalties and it isn’t. So that’s one thing that I think I do have to my advantage is that I’ve learned to deal through that…..People always come up saying that it was really physical and it wasn’t. It didn’t seem that way for me. So I think that’s an advantage.”

Holtby went on to say that NHL refs deserve a huge raise and that they’re the handsomest refs in sports.

But in all seriousness, it’ll be interesting to see how strict the referees are with goaltender interference during the playoffs, as it’s been such a hot-button topic this season.

Here’s VP Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan, discussing the topic on a recent episode of NHL Live.

  1. sumthinsweet - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Thats a good thing when your playing a team like Boston. Alot of their goals are in the crease and half could be called for interference. Very smart of the young goal tender to make the refs aware before the start of the series. Like I have said all along.. Caps in 6

    • jond86 - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      So 134-135 of the Bruins 269 goals (that is second in the league BTW) are from goaltender interference and shouldn’t count? Yo do realize how illogical that is to say, right?

  2. davidpcoelho - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Consider the reason he is starting in the playoff is due to an injury to Neuvy that seemed an awful lot like goalie interference to me that was not called so.

  3. sumthinsweet - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    No I said out of the goals that were in the crease, half could be called for interference. The bruins throw there weight around and get alot of cheesy goals in the right outside the goal. Its not like u have a bunch of shooters that can score from anywhere. You have to get traffic in front of the net and stick it in. I think its smart for him to point out. Holtby did get his shot because of injury but hes also only 22. The caps were not planning on bringing him up until next year, thats why we gave vokoun a 1 year deal. The kid has alot of talent and im really excited to see him in there. You can keep giving me excuses but im telling you.. Caps in 6!!

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