Down 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins and staring at a 2-0 series deficit, Philipp Grubauer led the Caps onto the ice for the start of the third period as he replaced Braden Holtby in net.
Holtby allowed three goals on 14 shots through two periods of Game 2, giving him a paltry .829 save percentage for the series.
The defending Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie and Vezina finalist, the normally dominant Holtby has struggled through postseason coming into Saturday’s game with a 2.46 GAA and .919 save percentage though seven games.
Grubauer has only one career postseason appearance coming back in 2015 when he started against the New York Islanders as Holtby as out with an illness. He allowed three goals, but earned the win.
The Pengiuns scored their fourth goal of the game, beating Grubauer within the first three mintues of the third period.