Capitals goalie Braden Holtby fell short of claiming his second consecutive Vezina Trophy as the league's top netminder on Wednesday as the award was given to Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Holtby was named one of three finalists along with Bobrovsky and Montreal goalie Carey Price.
Had Holtby claimed the award, he would be the only active goaltender to have won the Vezina twice and the first one to do so since Martin Brodeur accomplished the feat in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Only three goalies—Brodeur, Dominik Hasek, Patrick Roy—have claimed the Vezina in back-to-back years since the criteria for the award was changed in 1981.
After a slow start to the season, Holtby was tremendous and posted a higher save percentage, lower GAA and more shutouts than he did in his Vezina winning campaign. Bobrovsky, however, put together an equally impressive season and did so with a team in front of him not nearly as good as the one in Washington. The Blue Jackets were largely dependent on their netminder all season which may have been the deciding factor between two resumes that were very similar:
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- Holtby: 42-13-6, .925 save percentage, 2.07 GAA, 9 shutouts
- Bobrovsky: 41-17-5, .931 save percentage, 2.06 GAA, 7 shutouts
The award is the second Vezina of Bobrovsky's career. He also won for the 2012-13 season.
After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.
Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother.
Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.
After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth.
The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.
She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.
Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!
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Say it ain't so.
Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.
Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.
Insert dramatic music.
"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.
Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.
The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.
"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.
A likely story.
Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.
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