Florida Panthers winger Kris Versteeg carried the puck down the ice as part of a developing two-on-one with rookie Jonathan Humberdeau with just under nine minutes remaining in the first period Saturday night at Verizon Center. He opted not to make a pass through defenseman Jeff Schultz and fired a wrister that Braden Holtby calmly caught in his glove.
It was an important save that kept the game scoreless and one that Coach Adam Oates said was crucial for the Capitals en route to their 5-0 win over the Panthers.
“Great for Braden. He made the big save early for us, what we needed,” Oates said. “After that we didn’t give them much and scored some goals.”
Holtby finished with 27 saves for his fourth career shutout and gave Washington something it had been lacking throughout the previous 11 games of the season – important saves when it needed them.
Ultimately he only faced a handful of quality chances because the rest of the team was able to limit Florida’s looks and make sure that Holtby was able to see the pucks heading his direction.
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Washington Post | Feb 10