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Rookie goalie Braden Holtby has stopped 72 of 74 shots, helping Washington split the first two games in Boston. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby drops to the ice to make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand during the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Boston on Saturday, April 13, 2012. AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) shoots as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes the save during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Boston, Thursday, April 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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"As weird as it's been for us, you kind of have to look at it as a positive compared to the last couple of years where the team just kind of breezed through the regular season and the problems kind of just get thrown under the rug because you keep winning. This year, they were exposed. It's a good thing, and it's especially going to benefit us." Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. (The Washington Times/Andrew Harnik)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) heads back to the locker room following morning practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70), right, takes a break during morning practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) takes a break during morning practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70), center, works out during morning practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70), top center, takes a break during morning practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21), left, tries to score on Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70), right, during morning practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) warms up for a morning practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) heads out to the ice for a morning practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Braden Holtby, focusing on a shot by Jason Chimera during practice, has played in just seven NHL games this season. Drawing inspiraton from his mask, he will attempt to become the first rookie goalie to lead his team to a Stanley Cup title since Carolina's Cam Ward in 2006. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby takes a break during morning practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Capitals center Brooks Laich tries to score on goalie Braden Holtby during practice. Holtby has assumed the starter's role after injuries to Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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New York Rangers' Ruslan Fedotenko (26) is tripped as he goes between Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, left, and Dennis Wideman, right, during the third period of an NH game on Saturday, April 7, 2012. The Caps won 4-1. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, left, makes a save on a shot by New York Rangers' Brandon Prust during the third period of an NHL game on Saturday, April 7, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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With Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth injured, 22-year-old Braden Holtby will start the Washington Capitals' season finale against the New York Rangers on Saturday, and he'll likely be the team's go-to guy in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)