Holtby on huge save: 'It's just one of those things'

Brian Tinsman
May 30, 2018 - 11:56 pm
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You could rip your shirt off and hitchhike across the North Pole and never be as cool as Braden Holtby celebrating the biggest play of his career.

Literally moments after contorting himself into a pretzel to stop a would-be tying goal and secure the first Stanley Cup Finals victory in franchise history, Holtby gave a verbal shrug to NBC on-ice reporter Pierre McGuire.

"These boards have been really true all the time and somehow it bounced out and I made a good play," he said, matter-of-factly. "Y'know, that's hockey, sometimes."

That's how hockey legends are born, sometimes.

"Obviously a couple of breaks didn't go the way we wanted in the last game, with some of the calls and the open net, that type of thing," he continued. "But if you just keep doing the right thing, that goes your way. It's just one of those things that if you keep working hard as a team, those things will go good."

Holtby is smart to deflect praise to his teammates, but that save is not "just one of those things." See for yourself:

It also wasn't "just one of those things" for Alex Ovechkin, who enjoyed his first Stanley Cup goal in his first Stanley Cup win. This was his reaction on the bench after Holtby's stop:

Holtby finished as the top star in the game, with 37 saves to his name. While he may have saved the best for last, he had his best stretch during a 5-on-3, when he stoned the Golden Knights with four straight saves.

Naturally, he had nothing to say about his own efforts.

"We have a really proud group of penalty killers, guys that really pride themselves," he told McGuire. "That's Beags (Jay Beagle), Brooksy (Brooks Orpik), Nisky (Matt Niskanen), they live and die by that and they did an amazing job. That was the turning point of the game."

Not one mention of himself; but for anyone who watched the game, no mention was needed. Holtby's performance will go down in Caps lore, where it belongs.

 

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