Monday, March 14, 2011

Braden Holtby Shines as NHL's First Star

In what's been a whirlwind of a success story, Capital's goaltender Braden Holtby recieved high honors from the NHL today, being tapped as the First Star of the Week! He joins Vancouver's Daniel Sedin and Anaheim's Corey Perry atop the list of outstanding league performers for the week ending March 13.

From the NHL press release:


Holtby posted a 4-0-0 record, 1.05 goals-against average, .965 save percentage and one shutout as the Capitals (40-20-10, 90 points) moved into second place in the Eastern Conference. Holtby stopped 110 of 114 shots last week, beginning with a 20-save performance in a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Mar. 7. He recorded 22 saves in notching his first career shutout, backstopping Washington to a 5-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers Mar. 9 and stopped 40 shots as the Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Mar. 11. Holtby finished the week by recording 27 saves as Washington defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime, Mar. 13. The 21-year-old native of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan has appeared in 11 games for Washington, posting a record of 7-2-2 with a 1.84 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout.

During an NHL conference call, Braden said he was "told this morning and am thrilled about it" and admitted "it's nice to be recognized but at the same time, I have to keep focused and help keep this winning streak going." He said he's looking forward to taking in all the excitement that surrounds playing in Montreal's Bell Centre (having never played in the legendary arena before) but has not been told whether or not he'll get the official nod as of this afternoon.

Congrats and a standing ovation to the Caps' very talented and grounded youngster, I have a feeling we'll be seeing him around these parts for awhile! As if Bruce Boudreau didn't already have a tough enough job nailing down the #1 goalie spot for the playoffs...

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