With a 2-0 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night, Braden Holtby put his name in the Capitals’ record book—again.
The 24-save shutout was his ninth of the season, tying the franchise record for shutouts.
He now shares that mark with himself (2014-15) and Jim Carey (1995-96).
The blanking also pushed him past Boston’s Tuukka Rask and into the league lead in that category.
In addition to leading the league in shutouts, Holtby ranks first in wins (42), second in goals against average (2.08) and is tied for third in save percentage (.925).
Holtby’s win total, meanwhile, is the second highest in franchise history behind…Holtby, who posted 48 W’s a year ago.
The 27-year-old now owns three of the top four winningest seasons by a goalie in team history—he won 41 games in 2014-15 to go with the 42 he’s got this year and the 48 he earned last season.
Since 2012-13, in fact, Holtby has more wins (177) and shutouts (29) than any other goalie. Rask in second with 157 wins and 27 shutouts during that timeframe.
So, in another words, Holtby is having another Holtby-like season.
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The St. Louis Blues won a decisive Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks 5-0, pushing the Sharks to the brink of elimination.
The Blues are now one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final since the 1969-70 season, where they lost to the Boston Bruins in a sweep.
St. Louis started the scoring early when Oskar Sundqvist netted his second goal of the series in the first five minutes of the game.
Jaden Schwartz then tallied his first goal of the game off a juicy rebound in front of Martin Jones to start the scoring in the second period. It was Schwartz's 10th goal of the playoffs, which tied him for third all-time in Blues history for goals in the postseason.
Vladimir Tarasenko added to the Blues lead off a penalty shot. He's the first player in Blues franchise history to score a penalty shot goal in the playoffs.
Schwartz then added two more goals in the third period for a hat-trick. The first came on a 5-on-3 power play advantage off a scramble in front of the net, and the second came from a backdoor one-timer pass from Tarasenko.
Schwartz now has 12 goals these playoffs, and it's his second hat-trick of the playoffs.
Blues goalie Jordan Binnington recorded 21 saves for a shutout, and he's the first rookie goalie to accomplish that feat for the Blues.
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The St. Louis Blues' two-goal first period powered them to a win over the San Jose Sharks, and the series is now tied.
The Blues started with a goal 35 seconds into the game. Ivan Barbashev picked off a Brent Burns exit pass and flung it towards the net for the games opening goal.
Barbashev is the second Blues player to score in the first minute of a game these playoffs. Jaden Schwartz is the other player.
Tyler Bozak scored the game-winning goal for the Blues on a power play off a scramble in front of the net.
The Sharks responded when Thomas Hertl poked the puck past the goal line after Jordan Binnington thought he had the puck covered. Hertl now has 10 goals this postseason for the Sharks, and the team now features 10 or more players to score 10+ goals in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.
Binnington's 29 save performance gave him his 10th win of the playoffs, the most of any Blues goaltender in franchise history.
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