Capitals’ Braden Holtby Leaves Game Versus Blue Jackets With Eye Injury

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The Capitals had enough problems as they continued trying to even the score in their Saturday night game against the division rival Columbus Blue Jackets, but losing starting goaltender Braden Holtby only added to their struggles. 

At the midway point of the second period, Columbus forward Cam Atkinson’s stick blade became wedged in the mask of Holtby, who immediately threw it off in pain. After being treated with some eye drops from Head Athletic Trainer Jason Serbus, Holtby signaled that he was still in need of attention and headed down the tunnel to the locker room. The presumed eye injury happened on the following play:ezgif.com-video-to-gif (8)

Holtby’s status for the third period is unknown, but backup Pheonix Copley replaced him in goal for the Caps, who were still down 1-0 at the end of two periods. Holtby played a total of 28:43, stopping 10 of 11 shots for a save percentage of .909.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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9 Responses to Capitals’ Braden Holtby Leaves Game Versus Blue Jackets With Eye Injury

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    I hope Holtby’s eye will be okay. My first thought after hearing of him getting an eye injury was — Chris Pronger.

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    • Diane Doyle says:

      Now someone mentioned Bernie Parent’s eye injury back in the late 70’s. He got an errant stick in his eye and that was it for Parent.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Announces on tv said it was obviously a. Accident, but still don’t like the way Atkinson kept the stick there, then push even more.

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