For the second year in a row during a practice prior to Game 4 in the first round, Braden Holtby was involved in a collision. Last year it happened with an unidentified teammate while the team was in Philadelphia and he would later tell reporters over the offseason that he sustained an injury on the incident. Today it happened at the Caps’ Morning Skate as they prepare for tonight’s Game 4 in Toronto.
Marcus Johansson accidentally ran into Holtby during a drill and knocked him over. Holby was down for about 20 seconds and everybody was quiet. He would later get up no problem.
Holtby got run into at Caps skate … everyone went dead silent for a moment … Braden seems to be OK now pic.twitter.com/jkOG1YnTaV
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 19, 2017
Both Johansson and Holtby confirmed that the Caps main netminder is okay.
Johansson said Holtby is fine. Holtby said Holtby is fine.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 19, 2017
Trotz said his heart stopped for a second when he saw Holtby go down. Holtby says he’s fine after getting bumped by Mojo.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) April 19, 2017
If it really is de ja vu in the first round that could be a good thing for the Capitals. Last season, they took care of the Flyers in six games. This year, they have a shot in advancing past the Maple Leafs in six games if they win their next three.
By Michael Marzzacco