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Rough start: Caps yank Holtby after three goals on 11 shots

Oct 3, 2013, 7:54 PM EDT

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Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals haven’t exactly started 2013-14 with a bang.

Holtby, who allowed five goals in a season-opening loss to Chicago on Tuesday, was yanked with less than four minutes to go in the first period against Calgary tonight after allowing three goals on 11 shots.

Things began just 5:18 into the game when Flames winger David Jones beat Holtby with a short side snapper. Five minutes later, Lee Stempniak made it 2-0 after banging home a rebound in close, and Jiri Hudler made it 3-0 for Calgary on the power play at the 16:22 mark.

That prompted Caps head coach Adam Oates to yank Holtby and insert Michal Neuvirth. Calgary finished the first period up by three, though Washington actually outshot the Flames 12-11.

  1. dcfan4life - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Outplayed in nearly every way. The score is shocking considering the talent, but its not surprisingly if your watching the game. It seems the Caps always start the season slow with bad losses and surprising scores. Like its a rule…

    • dcfan4life - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Tie game!!! Totally different Caps the last 2 periods, maybe they will pull this out.

      • dcfan4life - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        Comeback complete. No quit in the Caps tonight. Great game, well post first period lol.

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Wtf! I drafted him high on my fantasy team. Nothing like 11.00 gaa to start my year after he gave up 5 goals the other night.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      lol, same here. To think I sat Thomas tonight too…

  3. Stiller43 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:37 PM


  4. stakex - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Obviously its too soon to make any predictions about how Holtby’s season goes in the end.

    However it just seems like the Caps can’t find that true number one goalie they need. They keep finding these young guys that come in, have a good enough season to steal the starting job, but then they either flame out or leave. Not saying that’s whats going to happen with Holtby, but he’s setting up to follow that recent pattern.

  5. jrocknstuff - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Holtby is a number 1. He will be just fine. Started slow last year too. Right now he’s getting used to the smaller pads, but he’ll work his way into a groove within a week or two. There’s really nothing to worry about with Holtby. The guy is a pure number one who is having a couple rough games. Really nothing to overreact about.

  6. thailer35 - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Good thing I picked up Tim Thomas in the 20th round.

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