Team Canada's roster for the World Cup of Hockey features an incredible trio of goalies with Braden Holtby, Carey Price and Corey Crawford.
Any coach would have trouble picking one of those three goalies to start, but Holtby has an idea who he would go with and it's not who you think.
"All of us want to play, but if Carey's healthy, there's no reason to not go with him," Holtby told Katie Brown of NHL.com. "He has all the experience internationally and the smart choice obviously would be that. I'm going to go there and play hard, [do] what I do, support the team in any way possible, whether it's playing or supporting another guy."
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Holtby has a very strong case to start for Team Canada. Price was limited to only 12 games last season due to an MCL sprain and hasn't played in a game since Nov. 25. Holtby, meanwhile, is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top netminder. No one has been better over the past year.
And yet, it sounds like he would be just fine sitting on the bench behind Price and so probably would many Caps fans.
Holtby has been an absolute work horse the past two seasons playing in 139 regular season games and 25 playoff games in the past two years. Fatigue has to be something head coach Barry Trotz has to be thinking about this season with the World Cup tournament set to take place jsut before the season starts.
Perhaps seeing Holtby sit on the bench wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for the Caps.
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Prior to their matchup against the Capitals, the Panthers honored the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Thursday night's game was the Panthers' first game on home ice since the shooting last week. BB&T Center, the home of the Panthers, is located about 20 minutes south of Parkland.
Both teams wore the school’s hat during warmups, and the Panthers will wear the school’s logo on their helmets and “MSD” patches on their jerseys for the rest of the season.
There was a was a moment of silence and ceremony prior to the game, during which the video board showed the pictures and names of all 17 victims.
Following the video Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, who lives in Parkland, took the ice to give his own moving tribute.
"It's time for us, as a community, to take action. Enough is enough." Luongo commended the school's teachers and said of the students, "You guys are an inspiration for all of us. You guys are giving us hope for the future."
"When I'm done playing hockey, I want to spend the rest of my life in Parkland," Luongo said. "I love that city."
In addition to the ceremony and uniform tributes, the Panthers hosted a blood drive beginning at today noon and lasting through the second intermission of the game in an effort to replenish local blood banks.
Four years ago, Capitals forward T.J. Oshie was the shootout king in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. This time around Gigi Marvin was one of the Americans who provided the extra-time heroics for Team USA at Pyeongchang, carrying the women’s hockey team to the gold medal.
Ironically enough, they both were the King and Queen of their high school’s dance back in 2005.
Marvin and Oshie both went to Warroad High School in Minnesota. They graduated from the same class in 2005. Nearly every high school in the country would wish for just one Olympian, this one got two legends in one class.
Oshie famously took the puck six times for Team USA in a shootout to beat Russia back in 2014. Marvin scored the first tally of the shootout in the gold medal game against Canada. The United States would go on to win the match in seven rounds.
Oshie would go on to congratulate his fellow Warroad alum after the match.
Whoever cast the deciding votes, must have known that these two destined for glory. One could now call them the King and Queen of Olympic shootouts.
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