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Braden Holtby named NHL's Third Star of the month

Braden Holtby named NHL's Third Star of the month

The NHL named Capitals goalie Braden Holtby as the league's Third Star for the month of February on Wednesday behind Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators.

Holtby went 8-0-1 in nine starts in February with a 1.88 GAA and .928 save percentage. He is now 17-0-2 in his last 19 decisions dating back to Dec. 29.

The Caps netminder had a slow start to the season, but has closed the gap on Devan Dubnyk in the Vezina Trophy race. Holtby won the trophy last season, but looked to be falling behind a crowded race that included Dubnyk, Carey Price, Tuukka Rask and Sergei Bobrovsky. Now Holtby has to be considered one of the frontrunners.

In 47 games this season, Holtby is among the league leaders in wins (2nd), save percentage (3rd), GAA (1st) and shutouts (1st). 

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

Hockey is one of the most incredible, compelling sports in the world. As fun as it is to watch on TV, it is even more compelling in person and fans in North America are treated to the best hockey in the world as played in the NHL.

But the NHL's not perfect.

SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

Just like every sports league, the NHL is always adjusting and making changes to the game in order to improve it through things like rule changes, expansion, playoff formats, etc.

No sport is perfect and hockey is not without its flaws, but there are a number of clear changes that could be made that would improve both the game and the league.

 SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

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Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day. 

Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota. 

MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation. 

MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:

"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."

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