Holtby permitted four goals on 42 shots in the 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Game 7 of the conference quarterfinals Wednesday. Holtby was strong through the second period, but the Hurricanes stormed back with three unanswered goals to stun the defending Stanley Cup champions in the last possible game of the series. Washington's No. 1 netminder produced a 2.67 GAA and .914 save percentage in the opening round exit.
Holtby is the projected starter for Game 7 against the visiting Hurricanes on Wednesday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. This is a no-brainer goalie confirmation, as the defending champs aren't about to pivot from the world-class tender in a deciding playoff contest. Holtby has maintained a 2.68 GAA and .916 save percentage in this series, with a shutout and a few duds mixed in.
Holtby stopped 31 of 35 shots in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 6 of their first-round series. Carolina's last goal was scored into an empty net. The Caps actually held a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission but it was all 'Canes after that, and Holtby simply couldn't keep them at bay. He'll take a 2.68 GAA and .916 save percentage back to D.C, for the deciding Game 7 on Wednesday.
Holtby is set to get the nod for Monday's Game 6 road clash with Carolina, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Holtby is coming off a 30-save shutout performance in Game 5, but is on the road, where he suffered his two losses in the series. As the visiting netminder, the veteran is sporting a 3.56 GAA and .899 save percentage, compared to 1.65 and .943 at home, respectively, and will need to step up his performance if he wants to avoid a taxing Game 7.
Holtby stopped all 30 shots he faced in a 6-0 win over the Hurricanes in Game 5 on Saturday. Holtby got plenty of offensive support back on home ice after the Capitals had only one goal combined in Games 3 and 4. He has a 2.40 GAA and a .923 save percentage in the series, and will likely patrol the crease as the Capitals look to close out the series in Monday's Game 6.
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