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Holtby said he used to study opposing players’ shootout tendencies but stopped when it made him think too much. He and many other goalies around the league rely on instinct, not knowing a guy’s textbook move.

Except, Neuvirth said, for “top shooters,” as the Caps’ goalies watch video of them before games. Now Hendricks probably counts among those when other teams check the tape.

“He’s scored like that so many times that it’s surprising that other goalies still haven’t figured it out,” Neuvirth said. “At some point, one game, it’s just not going to work.”