WATCH: Holtby goes full 'Holtbeast' mode

Ben Krimmel
December 22, 2018 - 3:13 pm

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports


What was Braden Holtby doing?

Braden Holtby was going full "Holtbeast" mode, that's what.

Holtby made 36 saves in the Capitals 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Friday night, but none was more daring than his blue line slide to take the puck off Rasmus Ristolainen's stick.

Well, it worked. 

"Since (Dominik) Hasek hasn't been in the league, you don't see that too often," Holtby told reporters.

Fortunately for Holtby his coach and teammates have his back.

"He’s a god, and he always saves our (butts),” center Evgeny ­Kuznetsov said.

"It's a read in that situation and an aggressive read," Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said after the game. "Turns out to be the right maneuver, for sure. But the second effort is the one that's really impressive."

"To be able to have that wherewithal with the second swipe of the stick, he was tremendous, and it was one of his strongest games of the year," Reirden said

The Caps netted the winner in the third period off a steal by Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson's 10th goal in 15 games this season.

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