It was one of the rare shots Braden Holtby saw clearly Monday night.
A snap shot by Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley that bounded off the rookie Washington Capitals goalie's glove and dribbled into the net 35 seconds into the second period. Gone was the Caps' first lead of the night -- and at least some of Holtby's aura.
"That first goal, I should have had," Holtby said after the Bruins' Bruins' 4-3 victory at Verizon Center. "It was a good shot. It was well-placed. But it was (a shot) I feel that I had the capability to stop."
Holtby can hardly be faulted on the Bruins' other three goals as Boston took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Still, he didn't have quite the swagger he displayed when he allowed three goals over seven-plus periods in Boston.
He lost his stick in the first period and mishandled the puck a few times early in the game in a 25-save performance. But, mostly, credit Boston for implementing the universal blueprint to solve a hot goalie: create traffic in ...