Although he faced 44 shots Saturday afternoon in Game 2, goaltender Braden Holtby said that this game took less out of him than his Stanley Cup playoff debut two days earlier.
“I actually wasn’t as tired as Game 1,” Holtby said. “Second period in Game 1 really took a toll on me. It was a lot of work in our end and today there wasn’t as near as much in our end, moving around and stuff, so I wasn’t as tired. Mentally I just wanted to keep calm, take it save by save and just go from there.”
Holtby put together another stellar outing at TD Garden, thwarting all but one of the barrage of shots he faced in Washington’s critical 2-1 double-overtime win that sends the series back to Verizon Center even.
The composure 22-year-old Holtby has played with through these first two games, stopping 72 of 74 Bruins’ shots in his first two NHL postseason contests, has a lot to do with the Capitals’ success in the series so far.
“He’s so calm back there, it’s very impressive to see,” center Nicklas Backstrom said. “He’s 22, so it’s very impressive to see him out there. He brings his calmness, such a good confidence too, I think. If he keeps playing like this we’re going to help him as much as we can and take care of our chances when we get them.”
After the jump, watch Holtby stop a flurry of Bruins shots in the second period.