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Holtby hasn’t let delayed opportunity keep him down

Dec 7, 2012, 9:39 PM EDT

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Braden Holtby turned some heads with his performance during the 2012 NHL playoffs.

With just 21 career NHL games under his belt, Holtby led the Washington Capitals past the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins and kept them in a close series against the New York Rangers.

In the span of a couple months, Holtby went from being a promising prospect to the Washington Capitals probable number one goaltender for the 2012-13 campaign. But then the lockout started and he ended up back in AHL Hershey despite his efforts.

That hasn’t stopped him from making the most of his situation.

“We were a little worried about his mindset coming back to Hershey,” associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig said in a Washington Times report. “But he’s been so focused and dialed-in and it just seems there’s another level of maturity to him this season.”

Holtby is thankful that he’s at least able to play in the minors during the lockout. It’s allowed him to stay in shape and continue to work on his game.

Holtby earned a shutout in his second start of the AHL campaign. Going into Friday’s action, he has a 2.59 GAA and .920 save percentage in 15 games.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Looked pretty good last night at the Phone Booth. Jitters early, obviously, he did let in a goal just 10 seconds in on a Top Shelf Wrister. But after that, he was absolutely zoned in. Keep up the good work. Stay Healthy. And see you in DC Next October

  2. blomfeld - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    KEEP HIM DOWN ?

    If anything, this guy must be “higher than a kite” these days ! And rightfully so, given the opportunity which is now presenting itself there in Washington. In addition to his own improving lot, there’s the little issue of Mister “me love KHL” Ovechkin not returning and thus freeing up $10,000,000.00 in annual salary costs for the Capitals. That fact alone probably has the entire organization in an orgasmic state of euphoria !

    • valoisvipers - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:12 AM

      Blomfeld I would not miss OVI either, his game over the last 3 years was no where near the level of which he was capable of playing. Another bad signing of a l long term contract. The Russian Caveman used to put people in the seats of the arena to see him now he just keeps people sitting in the arena’s seats by boring them.

      • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:52 AM

        The RUSSIAN CAVEMAN ?

        Valoisvipers – I’ll have you know friend that I’m LOL’ing right now ! What an absolutely appropriate and excellent nickname for our friend eh ? :) But in all seriousness, I do feel for the Capitals and their fans. What Ovechkin has done to them would be the equivalent of Mitt Romney storming off in a hissy fit and announcing that he’s now the new State Secretary in Hugo Chavez’s socialist government ! Not that I have so much against Chavez … it’s just the “shameless and cowardly” audacity of such injustice !

        Anyway, I have to say again that you must be a “blessed soul” for having been in attendance at that “Canadiens vs Red Army” game on New Year’s eve back in ’75 … what an absolutely fantastic thing to be able to claim ! I was 16 years old when I watched that game on TV here and to this day that has to be one of the most riveting games that I’ve ever watched ! As you know, at that time Tretiak (ie: along with Bobby Orr) was my favorite player and I was a “huge” fan of the Soviet style of play. Right from that first game at the Forum in ’72, I was always mesmerized by their superior play-making and puck-handling. Over the years however, the Soviet system unfortunately morphed into a North American style for various reasons, so that by the 90’s you could barely tell the difference between an NHL team or a Russian team. Nonetheless, the hockey which we were treated to by those Soviet teams of the 70’s and 80’s is probably some of the best that one could ever bear witness to ! And you sir are very fortunate to have been there in person !

        *** Special video selection for the excellent poster called Valoisvipers ! ***

  3. ludacrish05 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Franchise goalie!

  4. dcfan4life - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Yes, a topic on PHT that only uses the word “lockout” once and actually has hockey stats. Awesome.

  5. dmacnico - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Blomfeld, as an avid reader of this site, I finally decided to make an account in order to call you an idiot. Your posts have been popping up far too often and are always irrelevant. Thanks

    • valoisvipers - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      dmanico I think that your post proves who the idiot really is and friend it is not Blomfeld.

    • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:10 AM

      Does Idiocy equal Love ?

      dmacnico – I’m sorry friend, but the “spirit” of your comments is unclear to me ? … “friend or foe, how is one to know ?” I’m therefore finding myself “conflicted” in terms of the type of video that I might offer you ? A stirring Panzer song perhaps ? … maybe a touching Liberace ballad ? … or how about an uplifting ABBA number ? Look, I realize you probably “mean well” and all, but please try to be more expressive when you submit your posts here at PHT, okay ? Anyway, please enjoy the following, which has always been a “pick me up” for those feeling down ! :)

  6. capsfan19 - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Didnt they have an article with ovi saying he’d come back to DC? That his heart will always be with the caps? Ha this was last week i think.

    But yes holtby needs to be the franchise goaltender. Hopefully one who will craft himself into our own miller, or thomas, etc. (not saying he’s on par but he has the potential)

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