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Mr. Bounce Back? Braden Holtby remains undefeated following a loss

May 9, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

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To some extent, the New York Rangers made it kind of easy for Braden Holtby to look like a star tonight. The Washington Capitals’ upstart goalie made 30 saves, but many of them came from less dangerous areas and/or without traffic in front of him. That shouldn’t take too much away from Holtby’s poised performance, though.

Holtby’s individual numbers mean more to nerds like me than most of you, so chew on this great stat from Jeff Giordat: Holtby is now 9-0 after losses this season.

Here are some other interesting stats to chew on regarding Game 6, Game 7 and the series in general:

  • Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th career playoff goal, tying him for first all-time in Capitals franchise history with Petr Bondra. Gosh, Ovechkin is such a choker.
  • The Ovechkin Era Capitals is 2-0 in playoff series against the Henrik Lundqvist-fueled New York Rangers. Washington won the two teams’ Game 7 at home.
  • It’ll be a bigger challenge for a wide variety of reasons, but most interestingly: Giordat points out that the Rangers are 4-0 all-time in Game 7’s at Madison Square Garden.

The most depressing stat? No hockey games until Saturday night. Fear not, though, because we’ll be here to pump you full of banter, stats and whimsy.

  1. nynewsblob - May 9, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Brilliant stat. What’s his record after wins?

    • swizope82 - May 10, 2012 at 7:36 AM

      What’s the “after win record” matter??? I don’t care who you root for, this kid has been amazing. Limited NHL time, thrown into the playoffs… Pretty impressive if you ask me. Win or lose, I’m all for HoltBEAST!

  2. bmorethansteel - May 9, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Holtby is the future of the Caps win or lose Sat night!!!!!

  3. mydadyourmom - May 9, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Why do they have to show his fat mom every two minutes? Christ.

  4. cspsrbums - May 9, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Mydady your a fxxx clown holtby is still a kid Hank and the other goalies are old men They showed her one time tonight You are a poor loser you can’t whim about bad calls since you had all the calls to ought so the only thing you can complain about his seeing a kids mom watching him play the NYR in game 6 in round 2 is the SCP get a grip and move on.

    • gunnyhighway88 - May 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      Haha i totally missed that. Way to go guys.

      Go Caps!

    • mydadyourmom - May 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      haha, quite sensitive. they showed her at least 20 times on CBC. also, i hate the Rangers.

  5. twopadstack31 - May 9, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    what’s funny is the picture is of neuvirth not holby.. well done

    • holtbeast - May 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      What a rookie mistake.

  6. tobie1003 - May 10, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    The best stat about Holtby is that the players in front of him trust him, and will do anything for him….blockshots!!!

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