Braden Holtby doesn’t lose back-to-back games, or at least he hasn’t in the NHL since November 2010. That came against the New Jersey Devils, something Holtby called “a bit of an awakening moment.”
Well awake now after 12 starts in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Holtby said he’s not approaching this elimination Game 6 Wednesday night against the New York Rangers any differently.
“You approach it the same. Really, in a playoff round, obviously they get more intense as the round goes on,” Holtby said. “But each win counts as much and each loss. So just do the same things.”
On home ice where he has to streamline the energy that fills Verizon Center, Holtby knows that’s not easy. Still 22 years old, he admits that’s the hardest thing.
“Everyone puts a lot of pressure on themselves in big games like this and is trying to almost dumb it down to a level to where you feel comfortable, where you felt like you’ve played the game before,” Holtby said. “And to just do what got you here and what you’ve planned for your whole life to play like this.”
Holtby always talks about the Stanley Cup and doesn’t mind shouldering the responsibility for getting the Caps there.
But Wednesday he was acting unburdened.
“I probably have the least pressure out of anyone right now,” Holtby said. “Everyone leaves me alone and I go about my business during the game. Just looking forward to tonight to get another game underway.”