There were many concerns for the Capitals going into this year’s NHL playoffs. Could they play well on the road? How would Mike Green and Nick Backstrom play? Would they be able to find their form after missing so many games?
Possibly the biggest question of them all was how would a third option goaltender fare against an aggressive, battle-tested Bruins team?
The answer: so far, so great, as Braden Holtby has lifted his game to a playoff level.
Holtby turned away 43 out of 44 shots in game two in Boston, proving that he can deliver no matter who the opponent or where they are playing.
True to its meaning, “life is about seizing the moment.” Injuries to Tomas Vokoun and Mikal Neuvirth have yielded Holtby the opportunity to prove himself and he has not disappointed.
If he can continue to meet his challenges head on like he has so far, along with some solid defense by his teammates, well, needless to say, things could get very interesting.
The Capitals took a game in Boston and now with them returning home ,confidence should be very high and none more than with the young man who had to step in at goaltender against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
If the Capitals are able to hold home ice it will be because Braden Holtby continued to deliver some brilliant performances. Game three is tonight at 7:30 p.m. It will be competitive as I’m sure Tim Thomas, the Bruins all world goalie, will not just disappear. He has played well but gave up the game winning goal in game two. Look for tonight’s game to be one of two things for Thomas. This could be a bounce back game where he plays on his head or it could be an opening of the flood gates, as Thomas will have to now defend in a hostile environment.
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