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Holtby backstops Capitals to sixth straight win

Apr 11, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin has been carrying the red-hot Washington Capitals for weeks. On Thursday, it was Braden Holtby who stepped up.

The 23-year-old goalie made 43 stops in the Capitals 3-1 win over the fading Carolina Hurricanes. That’s six straight wins for the Capitals, as they maintained their lead in the Southeast Division.

“He [Braden Holtby] was outstanding throughout the whole game,” said Capitals defenseman Mike Green on the play of Holtby.

“Even in the last five to 10 minutes he made some saves that should have been goals.”

The Capitals also maintained their dominance over their Southeast rivals. The win over Carolina gives Washington a 13-3-0 record on their division rivals.

That’s a huge reason for why they’ve jumped back into the thick of the playoff picture.

Against the Atlantic Division, the Capitals have a record of 4-9-2. Against the Northeast Division, they have a 5-5-0 record.

“It’s been our saving grace this year,” Holtby told the Washington Post. “It’s been lucky that we’ve got to play those teams so much, but at the same time, we’ve done a good job with them and we haven’t taken a lot of those games lightly because we know how important they are.”

  1. blackfoot11 - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Holtby was awesome tonight once again. He has developed into the Caps franchise goalie.

    • rsl22 - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      Maybe. He still had a shaky glove hand and Neuvy looked good in the last two games.

      The most important thing is the Caps won with a so-so night from OV. That didn’t happen in first few weeks.

      • blackfoot11 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:23 AM

        He stopped 43 of 44 shots and stopped a lot of quality chances by the ‘Canes. The sloppy 1st period could have been a lot worse, if he wasn’t on his game.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        bishop 1.000%, lundquist .980 sv%, holtby at .977 sv %, theodore .976 sv %. all vs carolina, allowed 1 goal or less and all these goalies faced over 40 shots. carolina leads the league i believe in shots taken…just cant score goals it seems. still impressive company for holtby

  2. ravenscaps48 - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Boy…. That Alexander Semin is worth every penny, isn’t he?

    • jpelle82 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      i enjoyed brouwer giving semin an earful on that empty net goal too. no love lost between those 2 guys.

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Semin is a hack and it was an absolute pleasure for me as a Caps fan to see him get that kind of treatment. We gave him the money and he simply did not care. I still want Ovie to absolutely blow him up just once. Then it will be complete

      • obnoxiousDCfan - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Yeah, it kind of drives me nuts that him and Ovechkin are pretty much best friends.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        i was guessing brouwer’s off season comments had a lot to do with his on ice comments to semin last night, which i was thought was awesome. the semin hate from the caps fans i dont totally get though. he did a lot for your franchise and caps fans were quick to defend him while he was there. easier to forget the good times if he goes to a rival team though i guess

      • jpelle82 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        why would it drive you nuts that a guy you dont even know is friends with another guy you dont even know? you sound like a girl

      • blackfoot11 - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Most if not all of the Russian players are good friends. Ovi, Malkin, Semin, Nabokov, Bryz, Markov, which I am sure the Russian comrade circle is larger, are close friends of the ice. Most broadcasts mention the friendships when these players compete against one another.

  3. rg3isvictory - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    Has anybody heard from Lonespeed? He’s a real Hockey fan, when the Canes are winning.

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:30 AM

      No, as usual he doesn’t post when the ‘Canes lose. He has gone dark since he talked trash on the Caps v. ‘Canes home and home article back in early March. I think he knows were waiting to ponce on him.

  4. capsfan19 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Enjoy the contract extension for semin.

  5. obnoxiousDCfan - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Ribeiro > Semin

  6. deeboy - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Semin is playing through some sort of injury that is affecting his shot. As with all hockey injuries, it is shrouded in mystery. However, don’t be surprised if he goes under the knife after the season.

    The Canes threw everything they had at Holtby and he did a great job. That’s the 4th game in 5 where Carolina has put up 40+ shots and lost all of them. Just not the Canes year this go around.

    • wethog66 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      Sasha is injured huh? Give it a year or 2 and you Canes fans will drop that excuse.

      Enjoy

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        Injured?…. HA! He was injured for 7 years in DC, I guess

      • obnoxiousDCfan - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Does not caring count as an injury now? If Semin ever gets a hat trick at home, you Canes fans are better off keeping your hats and just throwing packs of cigarettes.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        you are aware that this was his 2nd game back in the lineup after an injury right? its pretty obvious he is still hurt, he had a piss poor game agains the pens on tuesday too.

        he was hurt quite a bit for the caps only averaging 67 games a year but also averaging 28 goals per year. i get the whole leaving your team for a rival team animosity towards him but you cant deny he was one of the biggest reasons the caps were resurrected from the basement of the nhl over the last 8 years.

      • wethog66 - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        I would rank OV and Nicky over Sasha every day of the week, and twice on Tuesday, in regards to who is responsible for the Caps resurgence over the last 8 years.

        Anyway, my comment was more directed toward CAnes fans that ran their mouth about how great Sasha was when he initially re-signed, and after he got his extension. Now his warts are starting to show and they are fishing for excuses to explain things. Just like us Caps fans used to do.

        And yes I am a bitter Caps fan. I am bitter anytime a team I root for employs a player with all the physical talent in the world only to see said players piss away those talents by being inconsistent and/or indifferent.

        Sasha is gone now though. A new fan base can get frustrated over his “Sasha Cares” moments.

  7. obnoxiousDCfan - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    That doesn’t mean I have to like him, and I’m sorry you think I “sound like a girl”, bud. I’m sure Ovi and Sasha don’t give a sh!t, but I couldn’t imagine being friends with somebody who fleeced my orginazation from the get-go, then left for a rival team and talked crap about my team upon leaving. I guess making millions changes your attitude about who you’re going to be friends with.

    • babykaby - Apr 15, 2013 at 5:41 AM

      I couldn’t let this go without responding. Semin didn’t fleece the organization, he took what they offered. He didn’t leave for a rival team, the Caps did not resign him so he signed with a team that wanted him. He at no point talked crap about the team when he left, he only very rarely speaks with the media. There is no reason he and Ovi shouldn’t be friends, they spent a lot of time together while Semin was a Cap. If you worked for Pepsi and your friend started working for Coke would stop being his friend? If so, you are not friend material. Semin was a big part of the reason the Caps made it to the playoffs each year and a big reason they won their division 4 of the last 5. Hate on Semin all you want, but he is not the problem with the Canes this year. Check his stats if you don’t believe me. I personally wish he was still a Cap. At least he doesn’t stab teammates in the back the way Brouwer does. I wouldn’t trust Brouwer any further than I could throw him.

  8. obnoxiousDCfan - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    And before you think I’m some fair weather Caps fan who throws on a #8 jersey over my button down after work and goes to a game for a “good night out” and you throw a witty “hockey knowledge” comeback at me, go ahead and bone up on Alex Semin’s past with the orginazation so you’ll have something with some meat on it.

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