How the Capitals Got That Stanley: Moment Number 3

Chris Russell
June 20, 2018 - 1:25 pm

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It's simply dubbed 'The Save.'

No better name comes to mind weeks later that can top what I witnessed in person at T-Mobile Arena, and what made millions of jaws drop around the world.

Braden Holtby committed a crime on the ice in "Sin City" and wasn't arrested for it. Instead, he was celebrated.

With the Caps hanging on for dear life, Holtby's brilliance preserved the lead, and about two minutes later, the win. The Caps never lost again from there. The Save – the highlight of all highlights – will stand the test of time as the turning point in the series, propelling the Caps in the direction of the Stanley Cup championship.

While the Game 2 win will be remembered for one individual moment of brilliance, what cannot be lost is several very important facts: Holtby made 37 saves on the night and the Caps, largely because of Holtby, denied Vegas on a grueling 5-on-3 over a 1:08 span and killed off a total of 2:52 at 5-on-4 early in the third. Holtby made nine saves in this stretch.

Another fact lost in the win and Holtby's brilliance? Between the 5-on-3 and The Save – the Caps as a unit did not allow a shot-on-goal for over 10 minutes.

The Caps also won a must-have game on the road without Evgeny Kuznetsov for the final 42 minutes, after he was injured by Brayden McNabb.

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