Holtby allowed just one goal on 25 shots through overtime Friday for a Game 5 win over the Maple Leafs. The man affectionately known as "Holtbeast" had to deal with the Leafs increasing their shot totals from one period to the next -- at least until overtime, when the Buds couldn't set one between the pipes before Justin Williams scored on one of Washington's two chances. Fantasy owners with stock in Holtby in survivor playoff pools should be cautiously optimistic knowing the Capitals have a 3-2 series advantage heading into Sunday's road contest.
Holtby will get the starting nod against the Maple Leafs for Friday's Game 5 home match, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Despite the fact that Holtby has given up four goals in each of his last three outings, there really was never any question about who would be starting in the crease for the Capitals. The 27-year-old has registered three consecutive seasons with 40-plus wins and remains an all-world backstop. At home this year, the netminder recorded a spectacular 1.73 GAA and will look to help Washington avoid an early exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Holtby saved 30 of 34 shots during Wednesday's Game 4 win over Toronto. The Caps grabbed a 4-1 lead in the first period, then went into a shell, registering just 12 shots through the final two periods, including only three in the third. Toronto was able to rally and make it a one-goal game, but Holtby held off the attack to backstop Washington to a 2-2 series tie. He's now allowed four goals in three consecutive games, but that's more the result of Toronto's offensive prowess than Holtby's play.
Holtby is slated to start Wednesday's road playoff game against the Maple Leafs, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. The report notes that the Capitals endured a bit of an injury scare for about 20 seconds during Wednesday's morning skate after Holtby remained down on the ice following a collision with Marcus Johansson. The team's top goalie later declared himself fine and will look to help Washington even its first-round playoff series versus the underdog Leafs, who currently hold a 2-1 lead on that front.
Holtby allowed four goals on 28 shots during Monday's Game 3 loss to Toronto. After posting a .932 save percentage through the first two games of the series, Holtby's numbers dipped Monday. However, the Vezina candidate didn't allow any soft goals, and Toronto got a favorable bounce on two of the four tallies. Holtby will look to backstop the Capitals to a 2-2 series tie Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre.
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