July 5, 2022

Braden Holtby Wins NHL Second Star of the Month


Braden Holtby continued his MVP caliber season in December and earned at least a point in all of his games played.

From the NHL Release :

“Holtby went 9-0-1 with a 1.69 goals-against average, .947 save percentage and one shutout in 11 appearances to rank second in the NHL in wins and lead the Capitals (28-7-3, 59 points) to an 11-2-1 December as well as the top of the Eastern Conference standings. He allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 11 outings, including a 31-save shutout Dec. 28 at BUF. The 26-year-old Lloydminster, Sask., native owns a 24-4-2 record in 31 games this season, pacing the NHL in wins while also ranking in the top five in goals-against average (2nd; 1.92) and save percentage (5th; .932). He has earned at least one point in 18 consecutive decisions dating to Nov. 12 (16-0-2), the longest such streak by any goaltender since Roberto Luongo posted a 21-game run with the Vancouver Canucks in 2010-11 (16-0-5).”

Johnny Gaudreau of the Ottawa Flames and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks were the first and third stars respectively.

Washington Capitals’ T.J Oshie earns NHL’s Second Star of the Week


What a week it was; the Washington Capitals (24-6-2, 50 points) played four games (with four wins) and T.J. Oshie was outstanding in them all. Oshie led the league with five goals in those games and gathered up eight total points as the Caps took over first overall in the NHL standings.

Opening his week in Pittsburgh, Oshie scored two goals and assisted on another to help the Caps to their 4-1 victory. And while he was held off the scoresheet in the next game in Ottawa, he took off with another two goals and two assists — his third career four-point game — in a magnificent three-goal deficit comeback win in Tampa Bay. To put icing on the cake, Oshie added one more goal tally in the 7-3 stomping over the New York Rangers last night.

Oshie is sitting at 13-9-22 in 32 games this season and on pace for a 30-goal year in his first year as a Capital. He is the third Capitals player to earn a Star of the Week this season following Evgeny Kuznetsov (Oct 26.) and Braden Holtby (Nov. 3o).


Braden Holtby Becomes NHL’s Second Star for the Month of November


Washington Capitals net-minder Braden Holtby posted a 9-2-0 record in November with one shutout, a 1.99 goals against average, and a .927 save percentage to vault the Caps into second place in the Metropolitan Division. Holtby also finished the month on a career-high seven-game win streak that he looks to continue in December.

Overall Holtby is posting a 15-4-0 record on the season with a .926 save percentage and leads the league in both wins and goals against average with 15 and 1.95 respectively.

This is only the fifth time that a Capitals player has been awarded the monthly honor and the first for a player not named Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin’s four awards came in February 2015 (third star), April 2013 (first star), January 2010 (first star), and October 2009 (second star).

Braden Holtby Named NHL’s Second Star of the Week

Braden Holtby  (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Braden Holtby (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Braden Holtby went 4-0-0 this week with a .945 save average that helped hoist the Washington Capitals to the top of the Metropolitan Division and earn the title of the NHL’s Second Star of the Week.

He began the week with his 21st career (and first of the season) shutout against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 23, stopping all 33 shots he faced. Then helped power the Capitals over the Winnepeg Jets on Nov 25 5-3.

Holtby started in back to back nights on Nov. 27-28 and stopped a total of 64 shots in those contests to lead the Caps to wins over the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov named NHL “First Star” of the week

Evgeny Kuznetsov - Caps introductions before Washington Capitals home opener against Montreal featuring 40th Anniversary cermony, 10/09/2014 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Evgeny Kuznetsov  (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)


After a marvelous three game effort in Canada this week, Evgeny Kuznetsov was bestowed the NHL’s “first star” award. Racking up 3 goals and 6 assists for a total of nine points. With those numbers there may of been  a small uproar had Kuznetsov not received the award.

The first points came against the Calgary Flames Tuesday night when Kuznetsov played set up man to 3 goals in the Caps 6-2 win. He followed that performance with the game winning assist to Alex Ovechkin on Friday in the 3-2 victory over the Canucks. Kuznetsov capped his road trip with his first NHL hat trick on Saturday night scoring in prodigious fashion and adding on 2 assists for a five point achievement that lifted the Caps to a 7-4 win vs the Oilers. [Read more…]

Three Stars: Washington Capitals 4, Buffalo Sabres 3 (SO)

FIRST STAR: Evgeny Kuznetsov. The rookie had one of his better games of the season, with a power play goal, shootout goal and eight shots on goal.

SECOND STAR: Alex Ovechkin. Did not score, but had a whopping 22 shot attempts (9 SOG, 10 blocked, 3 misses) with three credited hits, and it seemed like twice or thrice that. Ovechkin was pretty much a one-man wrecking crew and get very little help from his mates, especially of the veteran variety.

THIRD STAR: Braden Holtby. Did not have his best game of the season, but playing the second of a back-to-back on the road he was still sharp, spectacularly so at times, and he needed to be since his defense took much of the night off.

Three stars: Washington Capitals 6, Buffalo Sabres 1

FIRST STAR: Curtis Glencross. Glencross has proved to be a wonderful addition to Washington so far, providing a much needed spark to the second power play unit. He had three points against Buffalo.

SECOND STAR: Nicklas Backstrom. He’s got an NHL leading 50 assists. Beastly.

THIRD STAR: Jay Beagle. Barry Trotz favorite Beagle is in the midst of the best season of his career. He’s always worked hard to improve, and this year, it shows.

Three stars: Washington Capitals vs. Minnesota Wild

First star:

Braden Holtby.

He looked all set to tie Marc-Andre Fleury for the NHL lead with 8 shutouts, but all that was spoiled late in the third period. Minnesota’s second goal took three tries to swat in, and Holtby made a sprawling save just seconds before. He can’t steal every game.

Second star:

Curtis Glencross.

New guy Glencross has a nickname that followed him to Washington that originated from his days in Edmonton. “Scoreface,” they call him. He said someone must’ve had a “brain-wave” about it.

Third star:

Marcus Johansson.

Johansson hit more iron tonight than a golfer on a typical day, and he was all over the ice. Whatever the post didn’t stop, Dubnyk did.

Three stars: Washington Capitals 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 3

First star: Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin increased his goal scoring total with two against Columbus. He leads the league in goals with 43, and shares the points lead with Nicklas Backstrom with 67.

Second star: Nicklas Backstrom. If he isn’t a Hart contender already, he’s making a strong case for it. Backstrom shares the league lead  with 67 points – and 49 of those are assists.

Third star: Braden Holtby. Holtby earned his 31st win of the season, and stopped 27 of 30 shots in his record 56th start of the year. He is quite literally a beast.

Three stars: Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

First star:

Braden Holtby.

It seems like he should have more, but his 7th shutout of the season was no less impressive. He stopped all 32 shots thrown his way.


Second star:

Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin scored his 40th and 41st goals against Toronto on Sunday night, and earned  an assist to boot. If he scored 50, no one would be surprised.


Third star:

Nicklas Backstrom.

Backstrom earned his 47th assist Sunday night, and is a serious contender for the Hart Trophy. Yeah.

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