Braden Holtby has the Bruins’ number. Like his days in Washington, he did everything he could to prevent his longtime archnemesis from obtaining a victory.
The Bruins peppered Holtby with 40 shots on goal. They took a 1-0 first-period lead on Brad Marchand’s fifth career penalty shot tally only to see the lead go wayside in the second period after a costly turnover led to Luke Glendening’s first goal of the young year.
This time, they didn’t cave against Holtby. Instead, their perseverance paid off.
And it was pretty appropriate for Jake DeBrusk to come through when it mattered most.