With the Washington Capitals hanging on to a 3-2 lead late in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Alex Tuch had a clean look to tie the game with 1:59 left. That’s where Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made the save of a lifetime with the paddle of his stick. The save would go on to be the difference as the Caps defeated the Vegas Golden Knights and it even became a hit on social media. NoVa Caps took a look at some of the best memes from the internet of the save.
The video replay:
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 31, 2018
Alex Ovechkin’s reaction:
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) May 31, 2018
this guy just saw Holtby make the greatest save in the history of saves. pic.twitter.com/bSL1uGY0Xx
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) May 31, 2018
Capitals goaltending legend Olie Kolzig approved:
Greatest save I’ve ever seen!
— OlieKolzig (@OlieKolzig37) May 31, 2018
Washington Post front page:
— Sheena (@CAPLDY) May 31, 2018
Here are some of the best memes we’ve found from the internet:
— DC Sports Experience (@SportsTalkDC) May 31, 2018
— Joshua (@Jw7238) May 31, 2018
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) May 31, 2018
Goalies around the world to Braden Holtby! pic.twitter.com/4ITNtHkyOC
— Chris Mason (@cmace30) May 31, 2018
Holtby in the locker room like… pic.twitter.com/XciFOTxybL
— Not Robert Griffin (@Pseudo_RGIII) May 31, 2018
Actual picture of Braden Holtby pic.twitter.com/zixXsG0lLy
— Wheeling Problems (@wheelingprobs) May 31, 2018
You have GOT to love a good Wikipedia trash talking! This time at the expense of the @vegasgoldenknights courtesy of @capitals 😂😂😂 Missing our @predsnhl but really enjoying these #stanleycup finals!!! #holtby #vegasgoldenknights #washingtoncapitals #nhl #stanleycup #finals #game2 #gopreds #always #smashville #fortheville615
I’m convinced Holtbeast has ice in his veins. His EKG readout: pic.twitter.com/XyXVaox4Ra
— Keith Milbury (@MilburyKeith) May 31, 2018
— Richmond John🎶 (@RichmondJohn804) May 31, 2018
What a game, what a series, @Capitals win first #StanleyCup #StanleyCupFinal game in franchise history and now go home to #RockTheRed #LetsGoCaps @Holts170 w/ one of the best saves I’ve ever seen…..period. #Holtbeast pic.twitter.com/ShJIEoLnhf
— Alan Zlotorzynski (@zlotsports) May 31, 2018
Holtby was asked after the game if he was aware of how big of a deal that save became on social media.
“I try to disconnect myself from social media. We’re a group trying to win hockey games and whoever has to step up to make plays, we’re all there as a team to support each other,” Holtby told the media.
“We’ve been getting huge plays from different guys throughout the playoffs… we have a goal in mind that will be a lot bigger than some save on social media.”
By Michael Marzzacco