Braden Holtby’s 0% game against the Colorado Avalanche was one of the worst ever
We’ve seen Braden Holtby struggle before. He rebounded well. As Todd Reirden said today, the last time he went through a particularly rough stretch, he came back to lead the #Caps to the Stanley Cup. #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/9f0C3frJWk
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- Unfun fact: Braden Holtby‘s 0-percent saving performance against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night puts him in ignoble company.
- Since the NHL started keeping stats about shots on goal in the late 80s, just 12 goalies had given up three goals on three shots.
- Holtby just became the 13th.
- It hadn’t happened in two years and had only happened twice since the 2005 lockout.
- For the record, the list contains four Cup winners and three Vezina winners, including Holtby.
- Only one goalie in NHL history has been scored on four times on four shots.
- It was Washington’s own Don Beaupre, who got pulled after 13 minutes in a 1989 post-Thanksgiving game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Holtby’s early exit leaves Caps pondering their goalie situation
- That’s no way to start a game.
- Before the contest was eight minutes old Washington was down 3-0.
- Holtby knew what was coming.
- His day was done before it really even started.
- The frustration was evident as he skated off the ice to be replaced by rookie Ilya Samsonov.
“You need to fight harder to find that first one and find a way to make a save on either of the second ones,” Holtby said. “It’s unacceptable on my half and the last few games here, I feel like I’ve put a lot of that weight on my shoulders and it’s something I really need to get better at. Because we fought hard and I just need to be better.”
- Holtby took the blame.
- Hard to make him shoulder all of it given that his teammates started slowly against a very good team.
- Colorado is now 5-0-0 after its 6-3 win at Capital One Arena.
“I just gotta find a way. Sometimes it comes easy, sometimes it doesn’t,” Holtby said. “You just gotta find a way to help the team win. Tonight I didn’t do that and it’s on me to make sure I improve that. It’s frustrating. You just gotta go back to work, work even harder and find a way back into that mindset that success comes from.”
- No one is suggesting Holtby’s job status is in jeopardy.
- He is 14 months removed from a brilliant two months that helped Washington win the Stanley Cup in 2018 and he’s been a mainstay in net since 2012.
- But the numbers are rough through five games.
- Holtby has an .846 save percentage, 45thin the NHL.
- àHe has stopped 99 of 117 shots.
“It’s a team. We’re a team. Our players are accountable to themselves, to one another,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. “That’s good that Braden said that and I’m sure there are some things that he would like to have done different. But there are some things that a lot of us will like to have done different. We’re in this together and that’s something that hasn’t been a problem to start and it was tonight.”
- Samsonov has 68 saves on 72 shots (.951 save percentage).
- But he is a rookie and that number is unsustainable for any goalie.
- He also showed his youth in the third period with a bad giveaway behind the net that Colorado easily converted into a goal.
- It didn’t seem to matter much at the time.
- The Avalanche took a 5-2 lead. It mattered a lot when Washington scored a late goal to cut the deficit to 5-3 and had another wiped away on video review.
“Sometimes it comes easy, sometimes it doesn’t,” Holtby said. “You just gotta find a way to help the team win. Tonight I didn’t do that and it’s on me to make sure I improve that. It’s frustrating. You just gotta go back to work, work even harder and find a way back into that mindset that success comes from.”
Sources & Credits: RMNB, Peter Hasset, NBC Sports Washington, Brian McNally