Braden Holtby records second shutout of 2018-19 NHL season

Braden Holtby (Michael Miller, Wikimedia Commons)

Reigning Stanley Cup champion Braden Holtby of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan has recorded his second shutout of the 2018-19 National Hockey League regular season. Holtby made 28 saves as the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Holtby’s previous shutout this season came on opening night as the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 7-0 on October 3.

Holtby made nine saves in the first period, eight saves in the second period and 11 saves in the third period against the Blue Jackets. Holtby improves to a record of 11 wins, seven regulation losses and two losses in extra time, a goals against average of 2.44 and a save percentage of .919,

Among the Capitals goal scorers were Brett Connolly of Campbell River, British Columbia. For Connolly, it was his fourth goal of the season.

The Capitals meanwhile are red hot. They have won eight of their last 10 games and have moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division. At 37 points, they currently lead the Blue Jackets, who are at 34 points.

After the game, Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella was not satisfied at all with Columbus’s performance. According to Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch, Tortorella answered his six questions in his press conference in 57 words.

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