It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but the Capitals managed to take care of business against the woefully depleted New Jersey Devils 3-0 Friday night at Capital One Arena. However, Capitals netminder Braden Holtby was sharp, pitching his third shutout of the season. The shutout gives him 35 in his career with the Capitals, tying Olie Kolzig for the Capitals franchise record.
Holtby, who has never been very outspoken about his own personal accomplishments, was his usual humble self following the game Friday night:
Holtby recorded his 35th career shoutout with the Capitals in his 409th career game played. Kolzig recorded 35 shutouts in 719 games played with the Capitals.
Braden Holtby notches his 35th career shutty tonight. Wow!! That means he gets a shutout once every 7 wins and once every 11.7 games played throughout his wonderful career. Checkout Caps Overtime live at 10:10. #holtbeast @nbcsw
— Brent Johnson (@JohnnyGoalie12) March 9, 2019
Since his first NHL shutout on March 9, 2011, Holtby’s 35 shutouts are tied for the fourth most in the NHL. On March 6, Holtby recorded his 250th career win with his 27 save performance against the Philadelphia Flyers and became the second fastest goaltender in NHL history to reach the mark (409th career game), trailing only Ken Dryden (381 career games).
Holtby made 25 saves in the 3-0 win over the Devils Friday night, improving his record to 26-16-4 on the season.
By Jon Sorensen