Trying to maintain a one-goal lead against the league-leading Nashville Predators is a tough task for any goalie. Doing it on a broken skate blade is pretty much impossible.
Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer was brilliant Thursday despite giving up four goals in a losing effort. Three of those four goals came on the doorstep as the Predators won the net-front battle all game long. The fourth? Grubauer had the added challenge of trying to make the save with the blade literally falling out of his skate.
“You talk about game of inches, I mean, game of bolts and screws sometimes,” Barry Trotz said. “He just couldn't get enough leverage to get over there.”
With the Caps leading 3-2 in the third period, Grubauer tried to fend off a Nashville power play. When Roman Josi fired a shot from the faceoff dot, Grubauer tried to make the kick out save, but the puck got past him and his blade went sliding along the ice.
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You can watch the play here:
Here's a shot of the blade in case you missed it.
The issue was that the bolt that kept the blade in place came loose earlier on in the play.
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“I think the bolt actually came off on the first shot in the first minute of the last period,” Grubauer said. “I don't know. I've never seen that happen before. I don't know how the blade stayed in.”
When asked if it affected him on the goal, he said yes because he was not able to push off.
The play proved critical. Josi’s goal tied the game at 3 and Nashville would go on to win 4-3.
As protests have taken place in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to raise the issue of racial injustice in the U.S., Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and forward Tom Wilson have mulled how to use their platforms in order to help the cause.
On Wednesday, both veteran stars released statements voicing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been in the national spotlight since George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer in an arrest that was captured on video May 25.
Holtby, whose wife Brandi posted a message on Twitter from both of them Tuesday, encouraged protestors to continue spreading their message and ridiculed the country’s current climate for its “injustice and hatred infused power.”
Wilson vowed to donate to the East Of The River Mutual Aid Fund and the Fort Dupont Cannons, who are based in D.C. and known to be the oldest minority hockey program in the U.S. He closed out his statement by writing, “I am contributing to these funds today, but I am committing to learn, to listen and to support going forward.”
Holtby and Wilson were the latest Capitals to weigh in on the protests after defenseman John Carlson committed to being “a part of the solution” and forward Alex Ovechkin called for everyone to “respect and love each other no matter what we look like.”
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The senseless murder of George Floyd has shed light on the racism that still exists within America. In the wake of his tragic death, there are many who want to take action but are not sure how. Brett Connolly is here to help.
The former Capitals forward tweeted out a heartfelt message on Tuesday in response to a Tweet from J.T. Brown.
Connolly then took the extra step of Tweeting out a number of ways to take tangible action against racism including organizations you can support and donate to, places you can contact and movies you can watch to learn more.
Connolly was largely a soft-spoken player in his three seasons in Washington, but he did decline an invite to the White House extended to the Capitals as Stanley Cup champions. Connolly would not go into detail on why.
Connolly left Washington as a free agent in the summer and is in his first season with the Florida Panthers.