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Serenity Now! — Braden Holtby is picturing beaches to stay calm

Apr 12, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

Braden Holtby

Caps rookie goalie Braden Holtby has never faced pressure like he’ll face in tonight’s game against the Bruins in Boston.

To ensure he doesn’t, you know, totally freak out, reports the 22-year-old will employ “deep breathing and visualization exercises that help take him to a place of serenity.”

And what kind of things might he be visualizing?

“It could be a beach,” Holtby said, “or I could be skating on a pond back home as a kid.

“It brings you back down to earth and relaxes you.”

Holtby has been working with a sports psychologist since he was a teenager and admits that nerves used to affect his game.

“I always dealt with nerves and trying to do too much, and I always fought with myself in my mind,” Holtby said. “I experimented with some [mental exercises]. Some of it didn’t work for me and some of it does.

“It’s still hard to find that balance. Not all nerves are bad, but you want to be calm and bring your heart rate down so you don’t wear yourself out.”

  1. back2backbees - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    One thing about beaches, the waves keep rolling in and crashing the shore…get ready for a long night young man.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Serenity now…..insanity later.

  3. kicksave1980 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    He could see if Killer Karlson from Slap Shot still has any of his positive thinking records.

  4. rockthered1286 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    4-3 Caps tonight.
    Ovi, Laich, Wideman, Perreault
    Lucic (2), Chara

    And a fight in the third.

  5. odj810 - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    better than picturing lucic barrel rolling you while playing the puck.

  6. t9tookey - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Braden has come a long way. Last season he could be rattled but this season he’s been steady and calm in nets. Though, running into him won’t get you far. The comparison, personality wise, for Braden has been Ron Hextall and Braden’s not afraid of a little physical stuff.

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