Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/14/14

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals warms up before playing the New York Rangers on February 4, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
 WASHINGTON, DC — In their Game 3 loss to the Boston Bruins, the Washington Capitals came unhinged defensively and behaviorally, engaging the Bruins in physical battles and losing focus. Their top center, Nicklas Backstrom, was suspended for one game after a match penalty at the final buzzer. Their rookie netminder, Braden Holtby, looked shaky for the first time in the postseason.  In their 2-1 Game 4 victory over the Bruins, it was Holtby that returned to form and, in the process, kept the Capitals composed and collected in a 44-save performance.  “He makes it very calm for the rest of us,” said forward Brooks Laich, after his team knotted the Eastern Conference quarterfinal at 2-2. “If we gave up a shot, we know Holtz if gonna cover. When he does leave a rebound, and I didn’t see many tonight, we know guys are gonna clear it.  “When you have a goaltender playing well, it really, really settles your team down. He was a leader for us tonight.”  Holtby made 18 saves in the second per...
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