MONTREAL – Braden Holtby knows his role. He’s the guy the Capitals call when a goaltender gets hurt or sick. So he left Glens Falls, N.Y., on Friday night, reached Montreal at 2 a.m., skated at 11:30 and then shut out the Canadiens on Saturday night.
Sunday morning, he was headed back to Hershey of the American Hockey League. After all, he was only called up because Michal Neuvirth was sick and the Caps didn’t want to overextend Semyon Varlamov with back-to-back games.
So even after making 18 saves at Bell Centre for his second career shutout, Holtby understood the deal.
“It’s the reality of things,” Holtby said. “That’s life, and I’m not gonna be any more excited or disappointed. I knew that coming in, and I was prepared to deal with it.”
Holtby dealt with his opportunity rather well. And while he didn’t see a whole lot of shots from struggling Montreal, Holtby drew serious praise from his on-again, off-again coach.
“He did a great job, ‘cause he looked like he was in control,” Bruce Boudreau said. “He gave the team a lot of confidence.”