In Braden Holtby’s world, perfect scores do not always equal perfect goaltending.
By the time Holtby spoke to the media moments after his team’s 5-0 win over the Florida Panthers Saturday, the goaltender had already analyzed what he needed to work on. He felt it was his worst game all season playing the puck—even though he had a highlight-reel up-ice pass that earned him an assist on a power play goal.
“A couple plays in the first, especially I made a mistake and then went for icing, and then a couple rims that just got by me that I know I can have,” Holtby said, when asked to elaborate on his self-criticism. “Just the little things that they don’t go unnoticed to us and we’ll make sure we improve on.”
There’s not a better example of Holtby’s calling card as a goaltender–a player who never stops learning. Recall that he’d just completed a 27-shot shutout, only his second win of the season, which meant he had twice as many losses as victories. It was a moment of celebration for his