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“I felt pretty good [Thursday night], but there were still some lucky times and there’s still some improvement to be made,” he said. “There’s still some improvement. I felt good, but far from perfect.”

That has to be scary for an already frustrated Bruins team to hear. It’s almost gotten to the point of what then-Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak did to the Caps in the first round two years ago, helping the Habs upset the first-seeded Capitals.

Holtby has had to be Halak-esque, considering neither team has boasted even as much as a two-goal lead at any time this series.

“That’s playoff hockey. That’s why it’s so fun: the close games, the close battles,” Holtby said. “I hope it doesn’t change, and I hope that we’re on the high end of it every time.”

If Holtby keeps up this trend of spectacular goaltending, the odds are high that the Caps will end up on the better end of at least two more games this series.

“When you get to play in the playoffs, it’s special,” Hunter said.”The intensity is cranked up so much more than it is in the regular season.”

Sounds like Holtby’s kind of game because playoff goaltenders just want to have fun.