Capitals News: Braden Hotlby Shuts Out Flyers In 20th Consecutive Start

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby celebrated his 20th consecutive start in style on Wednesday night, shutting out the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0.

Holtby deferred the credit after the game, preferring to focus on his defense's work in front of him.

“Different plays are different,” Holtby said, via the Washington Post. “As a goalie, you always notice the hardest saves you think are the ones you don’t notice. But I thought tonight, especially they have such a good rush game, such a good interchanging game when they’re coming across the top of the circles, when they did get a few looks, we had some great sticks and great gaps to shut those out.”

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Holtby had to make just 21 saves to preserve the shutout, but coach Barry Trotz still sees room for improvement on the defense.

“I thought we were a little bit loose at times,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “We relied on Braden a little bit too much in the second period. We lost our high forward a few times and they were able to break out and they bailed us out pretty good. Overall, almost every period we were good for about 10 minutes, then we were a little on our heels at times, more so than I wanted to be. When we needed a good save or a PK or whatever, I thought Braden was real solid for us.”

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