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from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Plenty of pundits predicted Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist would give the Rangers the definitive edge in goal, but that hasn’t been the case. Plenty also anticipated that Holtby might wear down after a heavy workload during this regular season -- a career-high 73 starts, 25 straight heading into the postseason. But that hasn’t been true, either.
Instead, Holtby has been resolute between the pipes for the Caps, steadying the team with his signature sense of calm, one that comes across as an almost Zen-like presence on the ice.
It’s that even-keel equanimity that he exudes even the day before one of the biggest, if not the biggest, games of his life, as he essentially shrugs off any questions about the enormousness of the moment.
"It’s just another game," Holtby said after the team’s practice Tuesday. "The game doesn’t change. The circumstances outside of it do. I do what I enjoy doing, and that’s playing hockey. Circumstances aside, I expect the top level in myself of every game I play, so tomorrow’s just another challenge."
Beyond that cool, collected, unaffected demeanor is also a fierce competitor, teammates will assure you.
Braden Holtby's penalty shot stop on Carl Hagelin helped the Washington Capitals take a 2-1 victory and 3-games-to-1 series lead over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.
Caps vs. Bolts in the Eastern Conference Finals? That sounds loony, but it appears to be what we'll see next week at this time...
Final score, New Jersey defeats Washingotn 1-0.
“It’s an exciting time right now. With the changes we’ve made, the additions we made with our staff and players, it’s exciting. I think all of us returning – I can’t speak for everyone else – but for myself it’s pretty easy to find the extra motivation to train and stuff, because of the excitement to get back on the ice with the group we have and the potential we have as a group already. It’s exciting. Motivation is easy when you have a group like that.”
-Braden Holtby, goaltender for the Washington Capitals. More on Holtby from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider.
I never fought when I played goal, and I'd delicately describe the practice as "dumb" in the modern-day NHL, so you'd be correct to suggest that I thought Ray Emery's scrap with Braden Holtby was idiotic, and that the combination of injuries sustained during the Caps-Flyers brawl and the lack of supplemental discipline for Emery because there are apparently "no rules" prohibiting one goalie from skating to the other end of the ice and choosing to lay a beating upon another goalie all yielded a lack of team discipline and a lack of responsiblity-taking on the part of the NHL.
The New York Post's Larry Brooks' Sunday column includes a pondering about the Vanek-Moulson trade, a note about the Oilers' goaltending, suspension talk and much more, but his main thrust involves the Flyers-Capitals brawl and Emery's conduct, with Brooks suggesting that the Flyers' lack of discipline can be traced down from its ownership to the GM coach and players:
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Braden Holtby to a two-year, $3.7 million contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Holtby will earn $1.7 million in 2013-14 and $2 million in 2014-15. He was set to become a restricted free agent following this season.
“We are pleased to sign Braden to a contract extension,” said McPhee. “Braden is a young and talented goaltender who has performed very well in both the regular season and the playoffs during his NHL career. We are fortunate to have two excellent young goaltenders on our roster in Washington.”
from Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington,
About an hour before every game, Braden Holtby will find a spot in the arena and transform it into his personal reflection garden.
At the Verizon Center, it is often behind the Capitals bench. At Madison Square Garden, it is in the front row of seating directly behind the goal he will defend.
Holtby will stand there, leaning on his goalie stick, and begin a lengthy routine of rapid eye movements, hip rotations and quirky body movements. At some point before the game, he will close his eyes and visualize himself in a calm and quiet place.
On a beach chair, facing rolling turquoise waves, toes in the sand … gliding across a frozen lake in snow-covered northern Saskatchewan …
He will begin deep breathing exercises – taking slow and deliberate breaths, six per minute – that lower his heart rate.
If you’re looking for an update on Aunt Bessie’s cow, or information on last summer’s harvest, look on.
If, however, you’re looking for news and information on the top minor league affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division clubs, you’re in the right place.
In years past, I would run News from Norfolk as a regular feature on Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate and now, News from the Farm will feature the Charlotte Checkers, Chicago Wolves, Hershey Bears and Rochester Americans along with the Admirals, to follow the progress of the Southeast’s future stars at the AHL level (and, at least for now, Michael Nylander and Sheldon Souray too).
We’ll look at game results, standings, league and team-leading scorers and goaltenders, pick a player of the week, have a glance at the schedule ahead and keep you abreast of any other developments for these players and their clubs.
Thursday seemed as good a day as any for this weekly feature, so that’s where it will be slotted in to start (and this week, as the first installment, there’s plenty of AHL action to catch up on).
Without further delay, News from the Farm:
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Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)
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