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Nerves? What nerves? Braden Holtby feels no pressure before Game 7

Apr 25, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

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Braden Holtby has been nothing short of a superstar in the Capitals’ opening round series against Boston. The boatload of saves, some of them of the highlight variety, and now he’s got the seventh seeded Capitals in a Game 7 against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Time to get nervous, right? Not for Holtby. CSNWashington’s Chuck Gormley hears it from Holtby about how he can’t wait to play in tonight’s series-deciding match-up.

“There’s no point in having nerves right now,” he said. “This is fun. This is what we were hoping for. We’re still the underdogs here. … I don’t think anyone really expected us to be here, even in a Game 7, and you know, we like this pressure. We’re here to show that we’re not gonna back down. Myself, I’m just gonna go in, try to make the stops that I’m capable of stopping and hopefully it’s enough to win.”

Are we sure he’s just 22-years-old because that’s the sort of response you get from a veteran who’s been around the block a few times. Fortunately for Holtby, the defense in front of him has been doing their fair share of the work as well. From keeping shooters to the perimeter to blocking tons of shots, Holtby’s getting a lot of help on top of his great play.

Dealing with a Bruins team that was 3-0 in Game 7s last year, however, presents a whole new challenge. No pressure, kid.

  1. mehetmet - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    pressure is overrated.

  2. stratomaticfan - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Don’t believe him. He’s nervous as hell. From the rookie to the Veteran..they’re all nervous in a Game 7. Nice to see he doesn’t admit it, though.

    • mgp1219 - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Well said, stratomaticfan.

      • mgp1219 - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        Hell, I’m nervous and the game is 7 hors away.

      • mgp1219 - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        See, I’m so nervousIi mis-spelled hours

  3. pepper2011 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    when you go up 3-2 heading home- I am not sure you can call yourself an underdog anymore. And, if you are not nervous; you shouldn’t be playing. Go B’s!

  4. capsrockva - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Go Caps!! Send the Bruins to the golf course

  5. sadskinsfan89 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    I love a game 7 as much as anyone but this game has got me nervous as hell. LETS GO CAPS.

  6. ravenscaps48 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Over/Under. 6 Heart Attacks During This Game… I Might Take The Over

  7. hockeyflow33 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    These 1 goal games are too much to take

  8. theblakfox - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Dude is a stud, who else comes into the playoffs for the first time against my B’s and shuts em down like that. We’ll see if he can pull it off, I hope he cant, but can’t blame him for anything. Should be a great game. Go B’s.

  9. hairpie - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    I’m a huge B’s fan, but i really like this kid.

  10. capsfan19 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    I really hope he starts for us next year. Neuvy and vokoun do not have even close to the poise holtby has. Really looking foward to this game!!

  11. rockthered1286 - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Why is Holtby not nervous? Because he carried a 7 seed to a game 7 against a Bruins team who thought they would knock us out in 4 AND he’s successfully positioned himself to be the Caps #1 goalie next year. If anything he’s still building confidence. IF we win tonight Holtby will be guaranteed that #1 spot after knocking the #2 scoring offense (in the regular season) out of the playoffs.

    • ShlebyK2 - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      I strongly doubt many Bruins (or their fans) thought this would be a sweep. They’re not playing the Senators or the Leafs (two teams they dominated in the regular season). Any Bruins fan who wasn’t worried about this series, and about the unknown factor in Holtby is either lying or an outright homer.

      • rockthered1286 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        Actually, if you go back to the initial posts when the matchups were set, the majority of Bruins fans posting on ProHockeyTalk were saying Bruins in 4 or 5 and that the Caps were so inept they had no shot whatsoever. I even suggested the series would go 6 or 7 but not committing to a winner and that was greeted with laughter by Bruins fans, saying we weren’t physical enough, had no offense and a 3rd string goalie in Holtby. While I think it’s commendable that you’ll say other fellow Bruins fans were foolish if they thought it be a sweep, I think most thought Caps would get crushed, and were proven wrong. Hell of a series though. Ted Leonsis, Caps owner, said this was the best series in the playoffs he’s ever seen as the owner, and I think that should pretty much sum it up.

  12. ravensnosncaps - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Win or lose tonight he has played great and hope he’s our net minder next season.

  13. nflanalyst - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Milan Lucic is the dirtiest player ive seen this entire season. I love the NHL playoffs but players like this need to suspended no questions asked.

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