The Washington Capitals got pushed into overtime against the New York Rangers in Game 6 on Monday, and it only took about 90 seconds in that extra frame for the Blue Shirts to get a win. The winning shot came off the stick of Marc Staal, was deflected on the way to the goal, and flew by Braden Holtby without much resistance. According to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, Holtby didn't even see it.
"I didn’t see a thing," said Holtby, who had John Carlson, along with Rangers’ Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov, blocking his view. "So, whether I had a lane or not I’d have to look at it on video to see if I could have done a better job seeing around the traffic. That’s what happens when we play a style where we block a lot of shots; sometimes those go in."
Considering the number of shots Holtby faced in that game, three goals is not a lot to let through. But when the two deciding goals happen to come through in such succession as they did in this game, it hurts. It hurts bad.
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