Big month for Caps netminder Holtby

May, 11, 2012
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To say Caps goaltender Braden Holtby has experienced a lot in the past month would be an understatement.

Thrust into the starting job with injuries to Washington's top two netminders, Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth, the 22-year-old rookie led the Caps to a first-round upset against the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. Surrendering only 13 goals in six games of Washington's second-round set against the Rangers, Holtby faces another Game 7 Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Oh, and if that wasn't enough to fray anyone's nerves, he is a new father. On Thursday, Holtby and fiancée Brandi celebrated the birth of their first son, Benjamin Hunter Holtby.

"It was planned so it would be the least amount of a distraction to our team as possible," Holtby told reporters Friday. "It was a great day. Mom and baby are doing great. But now I'm focusing on hockey."

If the first month of the playoffs have been any indication, very little has been able to faze Holtby. The Rangers will try to change that Saturday.

"He's pretty calm back there, he's positionally sound. He's a good goalie, there's no questioning that," said Rangers captain Ryan Callahan. "We just have to continue to work and believe and get some shots [on net]."
Katie Strang covers the Rangers, Islanders and Devils for ESPNNewYork.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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