Braden Holtby wasn't scheduled to start for the Washington Capitals in Monday's 2-1 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Michal Neuvirth left the game after the first period with an apparent head injury and Holtby filled in admirably. Just ask Simon Gagne.
In the second period, the Capitals found themselves down a man after taking a penalty for having too many men on the ice. On the ensuing power play, the Lightning had a golden opportunity to take control of the game and they almost did when Vincent Lecavalier found Gagne open on the other side of the crease. Lecavalier would pass Gagne the puck, but Holtby was there to stop Gagne's shot with his stick paddle.â†µ
The win gave the Capitals a two-point lead in the Southeast Division. With Semyon Varlamov suffering from injuries (again) and Neuvirth on the bench, Holtby held his own and carried them to victory. Perhaps the Caps were up Tampa Bay with a stick paddle.â†µ
(H/T to Russian Machine Never Breaks)