Braden Holtby does not like to talk about himself or his accomplishments. After games, he always downplays his own performance and will often deflect all praise to the team.
But there’s no denying he had one of the biggest moments of the Caps' Stanley Cup run and in the history of the franchise.
Holtby stretched out his stick for a miraculous save to deny Alex Tuch at the end of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final; preserving a one-goal lead and the Caps’ first win of the series. It was a signature moment of the franchise, the save of Holtby’s career and a moment that will go down in history as one of the best saves of all time.
How does Holtby feel about it?
“It’s a very cool moment, but I don’t think it was as big as some other moments that we had,” Holtby told reporters Friday at media day.
After a summer to reflect on the championship run and the specific moment itself, however, Holtby did allow himself a brief moment to acknowledge that it was a great play that every goalie dreams about having in his career.
“It’s pretty cool that it’s one of those things that you think of a lot when you’re growing up and dreaming of playing in the NHL and winning a Stanley Cup obviously,” Holtby said, “As a goalie it’s making a save like that.”
Ever the critic, however, Holtby was quick to downplay the save because of his form.
“It’s not exactly a technically sound save,” he said.
Evidently, Holtby is not a fan of Dominik Hasek.
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