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Alex Ovechkin covered his eyes with his gloved hands in disbelief. Barry Trotz hid his disbelief inside.

Chandler Stephenson had the perfect view and didn’t like the odds. The net was wide open and Braden Holtby reached his stick across and stopped Alex Tuch’s shot in the final minutes to save the game.

”I thought Saquon Barkley Jersey Elite , `Oh, no, no, no,”’ Stephenson said. ”And then his paddle was there and he made the save and I just couldn’t believe it.”

Holtby’s unbelievable move might go down as one of the most important moments in Stanley Cup history. It allowed the Washington Capitals to even the final against the Vegas Golden Knights and served as further evidence of Holtby’s dominant playoff run.

Most of the buzz going into the Cup Final surrounded Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, a deserved Conn Smythe favorite who already has two championship rings. But Holtby stole the show in making 37 saves in Game 2 and returned to his career-long playoff dominance after allowing five goals on 33 shots in a Game 1 that was far from goalie-friendly. It’s the kind of play his Capitals teammates have come to expect this time of year.

”The guy’s just a machine,” defenseman Matt Niskanen said. ”Boy, has he been good. Making the saves that he’s supposed to make look really routine and he’s made some game changers – none better than the one with a couple minutes left in Game 2.”

Holtby is not impressed.

Trotz has watched ”the save” a handful of times, and Holtby has analyzed it but believes ”there’s a lot more saves that I’ve made even these two games that I like a lot more than that one.” The laser-focused 2016 Vezina Trophy winner is far more worried about how to not need to make that desperate of a stop in Game 3 Saturday night and beyond.

”You hope that next time you get more of your body behind it and give it less chance of going in,” Holtby said Friday. ”You try and find little areas where you can limit the chance of the puck going in instead of just hoping it doesn’t.”

The 28-year-old doesn’t make saves on hope. Since he made his NHL playoff debut as a rookie in 2012, Holtby has a 2.04 goals-against average and .929 save percentage – fourth- and second-best all-time among goalies with at least 50 games of experience.

In other words, Holtby is no one-save pony. In these playoffs, he’s 13-7 with a 2.19 GAA and .921 save percentage since replacing Philipp Grubauer in Game 2 of the first round.

”Thank God he’s our goalie,” Ovechkin said. ”He’s over there when we need him.”

Holtby wasn’t where he needed to be in February Brian O'Neill Color Rush Jersey , when he had a stretch of 11 games in which he allowed 41 goals and took some time off to ”reset.” He worked with goaltending coach Scott Murray on some technical adjustments, got his mind right and has felt a noticeable change since.

”It was more a mental thing,” Holtby said. ”Every year’s different, every situation, and I was just getting to a point where I was seeing the play one step ahead of it instead of waiting for it to come, and just being a little bit more patient and expecting the unexpected.”

It doesn’t get more unexpected than the weird bounce late in Game 2 that preceded his save on Tuch. Maybe that puck goes in 99 times out of 100, but Holtby has shown the ability to make the unpredictable save that stuns friends and foes alike.

”Saves like the one in the third period definitely make him a tough goaltender to beat,” former Capitals and current Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt said. ”He’s never out of a save. He’s a guy that can recover well, he’s got quick feet and he’s just very athletic.”

From the other end of the rink, Fleury – who has allowed seven goals in the series and not been nearly as unbeatable as he was in the first three rounds – can admire Holtby’s play even if he doesn’t like it.

”I think it’s an awesome save,” Fleury said. ”I don’t appreciate it, though. I’d rather it be a goal.”

Holtby has done a spectacular job of not only limiting goals but making almost every save on shots he has been able to see. Even if teammates are watching through their fingers on the bench, they appreciate that and are uplifted by it.

”He steps up in the big moments,” defenseman Christian Djoos said. ”The saves he makes http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dante-pettis-jersey , in playoffs you need it.”

NOTES: Capitals C Evgeny Kuznetsov took part in an optional practice after leaving Game 2 Wednesday clutching his left arm and not returning. Trotz said Kuznetsov had not been cleared, considers him day to day, and expects Washington’s leading scorer to be a game-time decision. … Capitals D Brooks Orpik, who took a slash from Erik Haula late in Game 2, had his left pinkie wrapped but expects to be able to continue playing. Orpik did not skate Friday. … Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said F William Carrier is getting close and should ”be available in the near future.”



More Stanley Cup coverage: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare didn’t know what to do as he browsed in the grocery store. Fans were admiring the native Frenchman and center for the Vegas Golden Knights, but he had become star-struck himself.

”I’m pretty sure I saw Steffi Graf,” Bellemare said. ”I was on the phone with my mom, and I was like (gasps for air). I walked right behind her. I didn’t say anything, too shy.”

Just your random day away from the bright lights of Vegas in Summerlin, roughly 20 minutes from The Strip. And Bellemare loves his new surroundings.

”Going to your grocery shop, everything is kind of convenient,” Bellemare said. ”You get a habit of getting your routine done simple. Right now, with the newborn, the weather and the pool has been something we’ve been enjoying quite a lot.”

Many members of the Golden Knights had no idea what living in Las Vegas would entail when they were selected in the expansion draft for the fledgling team. In less than a year http://www.jaguarsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dj-chark-jersey , however, they’ve found their new home is much more than casinos and glitzy shows.

Jonathan Marchessault said he enjoys a night out with his wife, either attending a show or having dinner at one of the many resorts on The Strip, but he also enjoys taking his kids to the team’s practice facility to skate, or to swimming lessons when time permits. The team, after all, has made a historic run to the Stanley Cup Final, with Game 1 at home coming up Monday night against the Washington Capitals.

”Like everybody what they think, you think of The Strip, you think of all the nightlife and everything but there’s a lot more,” Marchessault said. ”There’s actually a lot of people living here and the community where we live, it’s unbelievable. The people are nice and respectful. I’ve been in a few cities in my career and this is definitely one of the classiest places.”

David Perron, who admitted he too was surprised that life existed away from Las Vegas Boulevard, said he recently enjoyed showing his visiting parents Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

”You grow up and all you hear about Vegas is The Strip and just think that’s what it is http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ryan-switzer-jersey , there’s nothing else to see,” Perron said. ”It’s pretty eye-opening to see outside of it.”

Coach Gerard Gallant reiterated his players’ sentiments, having become a local celebrity right along with them.

”I told the people the other day if I keep coming here and you’re gonna pay for my breakfast I’m not coming back,” Gallant said with a laugh. ”They’re great people and they’re a lot of fun. Everybody recognizes you and I didn’t really expect that. Myself and my wife, we love Vegas, it’s been awesome. We go to The Strip anytime you want to go there, you go down there for dinner, but besides that we’re out here in Summerlin and we love it.”

Some of the younger players, like roommates Shea Theodore and Alex Tuch, don’t mind taking advantage of the spectacles and endless events that Sin City has to offer.
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”The shows are unbelievable,” Tuch said. ”I’ve met a couple of the cast (members), I met Criss Angel, there’s deejays and artists coming in and out of the city, so I’ve met a lot of cool people like that. The food is fantastic around here. And if you get away from the city you can play on some really nice golf courses too Ronald Jones II Color Rush Jersey , which I like to do.”

Said Theodore: ”I think my favorite part about Vegas is the different kinds of food you can get. We’ve been very lucky to have some good connections with a lot of restaurants in town. Rooming with Tuchy, he’s got some good connections.”

General manager George McPhee said he’s come to appreciate the maturity of the players as they adapted to living in Las Vegas, with all the temptations and distractions.

”It’s a high-character group,” McPhee said. ”We don’t want a bunch of clones, we’ve never wanted a bunch of clones, either in the front office or anywhere else in the organization. They’re all different, they have different lifestyles at home. There’s something for everyone to do in Vegas, so they do what they do. But when we come to the rink that’s where they become one.”



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