Found April 28, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Braden Holtby
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post, If there was one word that summed up Washington’s mood it was confidence — something that hasn’t always been the team’s hallmark this season. After eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champions, however, it’s in no short supply these days. “When I got called up, [the confidence] was building,” goalie Braden Holtby said. “You could see guys were starting to creep out of the doubts and whatnot that they’ve had before. It’s definitely growing. Hopefully it keeps growing. We’re at a good stage right now where we’re a confident group.” They also were careful to give respect to the Rangers, an opponent they’re meeting in the playoffs for the second straight season and third time in four years. But there’s a twist. The Capitals under Coach Dale Hunter have adopted an opportunistic, defense-first, shot-blocking style that’s not unlike the Rangers’. “We know that the Rangers won our conference and they were the top team all year,”

The Washington Capitals advance — much to everyone’s surprise

How do you spell relief?  D-E-F-E–N-S-E.  The Washington Capitals showed their non-believers that tough-minded defensive hockey, coupled with taking the punishment associated with hanging out in front of the net can and will win hockey games.  And, perhaps they showed that Coach Dale Hunter’s ‘system’ can work not only at the NHL level, but in the Stanley Cup playoffs...

Opponent’s scouting report: Braden Holtby

As luck would have it, the Rangers drew the Caps in the second round and they were the only team in the Eastern Conference that didn’t get a goalie scouting report prior to the start of the second season.  Luckier still, at the time I was previewing the potential goaltending matchups the Rangers might run into, Braden Holtby was the third option in goal for the Caps, and not even...

Holtby Won't Be Fazed By Hostile MSG

Ben Raby at talked to Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby about playing in what should be a very hostile environment this afternoon at MSG..."It doesn't bother me that much," Holtby said. "That's what everyone pays the money for is to have their two cents. It's good. It's not motivation, but it's definitely fun... If someone was...

Rangers 3, Capitals 1

NEW YORK -- In goaltender Braden Holtby, the Washington Capitals have a rookie to thank for their presence in the Eastern Conference semifinals. In forward Chris Kreider, the New York Rangers have a rookie to thank for their advantage in the series. Playing in just his sixth professional game, Kreider scored a goal and assisted on another, lifting the Rangers to a 3-1 win over...

Eastern Conference Semifinal Preview: Rangers vs Capitals

Once again, I picked both of these teams to lose in the opening round.  The Rangers were able to finally finish off the Senators in 7 (I was almost a genius picking the Sens in 7) and the Capitals outlasted the Bruins in 7 games as well.  It’s funny, last year I caught some flak for picking the Bruins to lose every series.  So this year, I pick them to win…and they lose....

Round 2 Begins

The West was won long before the East was decided.  This is why Nashville (who had been sitting a week) and Phoenix were out of the gate first in round two.  Is it any surprise that the game went to overtime?  If you are playing against Phoenix, better get your cardio and endurance up because 60 minutes are not enough to decide things.  Seeing as the East had to go the distance...
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