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Watch Holtby hold own in final moments of Game 4, prevent a potential controversy

Apr 19, 2012, 11:09 PM EST

Braden Holtby was stunning on Thursday right up until the very end. In fact, he was still going strong about 5.3 seconds after the game was supposed to end. I’ll go into more detail about that in a moment, but first, you can watch Holtby’s heroics below:

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According to Bob McKenzie, the story is that the timekeeper was fighting for the referees’ attention, but because the building was so loud, that the officials apparently didn’t notice and dropped the puck. The result was that the Timekeeper didn’t immediately start the clock.

Holtby made a great save as the game ended, but McKenzie said that goal wouldn’t have counted anyways. Still, Holtby spared the NHL a potential headache with his efforts. It’s also worth noting that he probably didn’t know there was a problem with the clock, so that was still a high pressure save on his part.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Does this count as an overtime victory? ;-)
    Go Caps!

  2. kotteintheslot - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Just out of curiosity, if the bruins had scored when time clearly had expired would it have been reviewed? Honest question.

    • CapitalSpirit - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      Per the write-up I saw on NHL.com, anything scored with 5.3 seconds or less would not have counted. In fact, if it HAD gone to that, the ruling would, if I’m inferring this correctly, have been “No goal, and the game is over.”

      If that had actually happened, the refs might have needed to sneak out of the building for their own safety. The fans at Verizon Center might very well have hugged them to death.

      Interesting to note that the building was so loud that nobody could hear the horn. That last half of the third was BEDLAM. That’s quite a testament to the fans in attendance tonight. Well done, Verizon Center!

  3. maalea - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    I wonder where the off ice officials are from?

  4. derek2957 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    @maalea I don’t get your comment if you are implying home cooking wouldn’t they have tried to put less time on the clock not more?

  5. capsfan19 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Ha ha ha this is so rediculous. I mean that’s great the officials made pretty decent calls tonight but way to give them a potential opportunity. Either way tho time ran out by the time that last shot was made so it wouldn’t have been a goal anyway.

    • rdurk86 - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Decent from your perspective.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        if by decent you mean they were effected by the constant whining from Caps players, coaches, and management and gave the Caps a 3 to 1 PP advantage. Missed a BLATANT trip while Kelly was carrying the puck. And an interference call on the first goal when Ovi clearly took out a defenseman away from the play that led to a goal.

        But hey, we dont make federal cases out of stuff like that. The Bruins will just move on the game 5.

      • mdnjdevil - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

        You mad homeland?

        That series has been back and forth and has washed out penalty wise. There is always stuff going on beyond the whistle and behind the puck. Give it a rest. This series has been well fought and great to watch. Don’t go and dimish it with excuses and fan boy rhetoric.

  6. crashinghero - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    homeland – they did miss an interference call on the first goal, but it was on Ference, not Ovechkin. Watch it again. Ovechkin’s going straight for the puck to try and beat Chara to it, and Ference skates into his path, impeding him.

    Incidentally, Ovechkin still was able to get the puck away from Chara so that Laich could take it up ice for the 2 on 1. Ovechkin is only guilty of fighting through a moving pick. Ference wasn’t making a play on the puck, only trying to shield Ovechkin from it. If Ference is being honest, he’ll tell you the same thing.

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