Friday, April 20, 2012
Morning jam: Overnight game facts
By Elias Sports Bureau
• Rookie Braden Holtby made 44 saves to lead the Capitals to a series-tying 2–1 win over the Bruins. In the NHL’s expansion era, the only other rookie goaltender to make that many saves while posting a win in a non-overtime playoff game was Montreal’s Ken Dryden on April 16, 1971, at Boston. Dryden stopped 46 of the 48 shots he faced in a 4–2 victory.
Washington has won 16 games over the last four playoff years and all of those wins have been recorded by rookie goaltenders: seven by Semyon Varlamov in 2009, three more by Varlamov in 2010, four by Michal Neuvirth in 2011 and two by Holtby this season. That’s one more playoff win than all rookies have posted for other NHL teams combined over the same span.
• It was the first playoff shutout in four days short of three years for Martin Brodeur, who will celebrate his 40th birthday on May 6. Over the last 40 years, only two NHL goaltenders as old as Brodeur have posted playoff shutouts: Dominik Hasek with two shutouts for the Red Wings at age 42 in 2007 and Dwayne Roloson with a shutout at age 41 for Tampa Bay last year.