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Caps goalie Braden Holtby honored to be back at Capital Pride Parade

Caps goalie Braden Holtby honored to be back at Capital Pride Parade

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby marched in the annual Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, the third time in four years he has taken part in the event along with his wife, Brandi. 

The couple has long demonstrated their commitment to supporting LGBTQ+ rights. They rode on Monumental Sports and Entertainment’s float, tossing beads and t-shirts into the cheering crowd lining every step of the 1.5-mile route between P Street around Dupont Circle and up 14th street. 

“It’s been something that we’ve been able to do for a few years,” Holtby said. “From the first year we were able to do it you can tell just the joy and the change that it can bring. We just want to show our part. The thing I’m most proud of is our team and Monumental are here beside us showing support and trying to teach the younger generation about what we believe in.”

The Holtbys had fun with it. They road a float adorned with a basketball hoop, which Braden Holtby at one point used to dunk a t-shirt tossed to him as he played to the crowd. At various points along the route fans chanted “Holtby!” and “C-A-P-S Caps, Caps, Caps.” They also jumped off the float multiple times to take pictures and shake hands.  

Brandi Holtby has participated in the event the past four years. But Braden Holtby wasn’t able to make it to last year’s parade on June 9, 2018, as the Capitals had their team celebration after winning the Stanley Cup two days earlier. Holtby for a time during last year’s city-wide weekend party even sported a Pride hat given to him by an attendee.

In a perfect world, of course, Holtby wouldn’t be able to make it every single year. That would mean the Capitals are in the Stanley Cup Finals. That didn’t happen this year after Washington lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the playoffs. But in that case, he and Brandi were happy to lend their support again at an event they’ve come to love.  

“You won’t find a place that’s this happy or a crowd that’s enjoying each other’s company more,” Holtby said. “If you’re here there’s no way you can’t have fun.”

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3 players who stood out in playoff rematch against the Hurricanes: Samsonov gets the full game and the win

3 players who stood out in playoff rematch against the Hurricanes: Samsonov gets the full game and the win

WASHINGTON -- In a reversal of last season’s playoff, the Capitals dominant forecheck suffocated the Carolina Hurricanes for much of the game on Friday in a 3-2 preseason win. The game was the final preseason game in Washington as the Caps’ three remaining contests all will come on the road.

Here are three players who impressed in the home preseason finale.

Ilya Samsonov

Samsonov faced only 15 shots from a clearly outmatched Hurricanes roster, but he looked impressive in the few times he was tested. The save of the night came in the second period when he denied Julien Gauthier on a breakaway.

Gauthier attempted the old Peter Forsberg move and skated to his right while trying to craftily tuck the puck in to the left. Samsonov slid with Gauthier, but stuck out his stick to deny the shot and make the tremendous save.

Samsonov continued to demonstrate his comfort playing the puck with his stick as he also denied a scoring opportunity with a well-timed poke check and was always quick to play the puck when it came behind the goal line.

One area in which he was not comfortable was the glove. There were multiple occasions in which he was able to get a glove on the puck, but was not able to catch it creating dangerous opportunities for Carolina’s offense.

The Hurricanes managed only seven shots on goal through the first two periods, but managed some more pressure in the third. The shutout bid was ended in the third when Brock McGinn followed up his own rebound to score Carolina’s first goal of the game. The second goal came on a fluky bounce off the backboards that Janne Kuokkanen was able to whack behind Samsonov before he could get a glove to it.

While Todd Reirden likely hoped Samsonov would be more tested than he was, he was up to the task with 13 saves.

Brian Pinho

The Caps recorded three goals on the night and Pinho had two of them.  In the first period, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby created a turnover on the forecheck. Feeling the pressure, Fredrik Claesson tried a hopeful clear that was cut off at the blue line by Pinho who skated in and tucked the puck through the 5-hole of goalie Anton Forsberg. He scored again in the third period on the power play when his shot deflected off of Jake Bean and took a favorable bounce up before dropping into the net.

Pinho led the Capitals with five points in three games at the 2019 Prospect Showcase, but at 24 years old, he would be expected to play well. He faced slightly better competition on Saturday and still was able to produce with two goals on the night.

Richard Panik

One of the newest Caps, Panik has looked extremely comfortable in both of his preseason games thus far. He was again strong on the penalty kill where he logged 1:35 of ice time. He also looked strong offensively.

Panik played very heavy below the goal line which suits the Caps’ offensive cycle the team likes to utilize. He also showed good vision as, in the third period, he was able to fight off a check and literally kicked the puck out to a wide-open Tavis Boyd in the slot.

With Panik and Carl Hagelin together, the Caps should have a much more formidable penalty kill this season.

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How to watch: Capitals vs. Hurricanes preseason Game 3

How to watch: Capitals vs. Hurricanes preseason Game 3

The Washington Capitals remain undefeated in preseason play, thanks to Tom Wilson's clutch overtime goal and a Nicklas Backstrom bouncing saucer-pass-turned-shot

Saturday night, the Caps will get their first crack at the Carolina Hurricanes, who knocked them out in the first round of the playoffs last season. This game is also the first one that comes after the Caps whittled their roster down after the first round of cuts, which included Caps 2019 draft picks Connor McMichael and Aliaksei Protas.

The Caps will face the Hurricanes in the regular season on October 5 at Capital One Arena in their home opener.

CAPITALS-HURRICANES PRESEASON GAME 3: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Saturday, September, 21, 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Hurricanes preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Hurricanes preseason game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

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