The Capitals' second-round NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Penguins has not gone nearly as smoothly for goaltender Braden Holtby as the previous round was.
The top Vezina Trophy candidate allowed just seven goals in six games against the Flyers and has already conceeded 11 goals through the first four games against the Penguins. But Holtby has shown he is able to put the past behind him — evident by his Game 6 shutout following a loss in Game 5.
Prior to the Capitals' heartbreaking overtime loss in Game 4 on Wednesday, Holtby was able to put a smile on the face of a young Penguins fan. Peguins' forward Nick Bonino was hosting an 11-year-old Penguins fan who is currently battling cancer to practice on Wednesday.
Holtby saw the young fan up against the board and went out of his way to skate over and introduce himself. He then gave the fan his goalie stick.
The full story, from ABC7's Erin Hawksworth is incredibly heartwarming.
"It's what we play the game for is to create positive influences on people," Holtby said. "The penguins are doing a great thing having him as their guest and luckily we got to share a little part of that and hopefully make his day a little better."
On the ice, the two teams are fierce rivals, but it is always good to see two sides come together for a bigger cause.