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Holtby appreciates support of coach during slump

Oct 5, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

Michal Neuvirth #30 is called in to take over from Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals in the first period against the Calgary Flames at the Verizon Center on October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Braden Holtby‘s start to the 2013-14 campaign couldn’t have gone much worse, as evidenced by his 6.32 GAA and .822 save percentage. Given that the Washington Capitals have a more than capable backup in Michal Neuvirth, it would have been perfectly understandable to bench Holtby tonight.

Instead Capitals head coach Adam Oates was quick to reinforce his support for Holtby and announce that the 24-year-old netminder would start in his third consecutive game. Holtby appreciates the vote of confidence.

“It’s nice when a coach has trust in you,” Holtby told CSN Washington. “I’d like to get back in there and give a better effort.”

Offensively, the Capitals have been great so far. Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mikhail Grabovski are three of just four players in the NHL with four or more points. If Holtby can bounce back, the Capitals forwards should be able to take care of the rest.

Washington’s match against the Dallas Stars will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET.

  1. dglelite - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Hopefully Beast will make us Caps fans proud tonight.

    Shake off the bad start vs Flames and come out strong tonight!

  2. operwapitsai - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    go caps

  3. pxland - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    One more game like the first two and let’s see what happens to that support.

  4. earpaniac - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    It’s early yet, but scoring looks to be up. He isn’t an elite goalie, but he isn’t THIS bad. I’m sure he’ll be fine.

  5. wirsindderclub87 - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    It’s not like he’s getting much help from the offense, they have what, 2 ES goals in 3 games?

    • flavadave10 - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      4 goals one night, 5 the next, and 1 against Lehtonen who stood on his head. If they can get PP chances, they can score.

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