Scary Thought: This Isn't The Same Holtby

The Washington goaltender hasn't quite looked like himself...he's better.

The Fan Morning Show
May 07, 2018 - 11:02 am
Braden Holtby save

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The Penguins head home Monday now down 3-2 in their series with the Washington Capitals. Disappointing, surely for Penguins fans. But the worst news might be that Washington goaltender Braden Holtby, a man fans are used to seeing fold under the Penguins' pressure, has not done so and may stand tall against the 2x defending champs.

The Fan Morning Show talked about Holtby's performance in this series on Monday and said that Holtby looks like a different guy. Many have talked about Holtby and Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets as being two goalies the Penguins just a mental edge on. They can be the best goaltenders in the regular season (they have three Vezina trophies between them) but when it's playoff time, the Pens own them.

You can say that Matt Murray hasn't quite been the same, the Penguins are giving up too many odd man rushes, Kris Letang has been off his game, Brassard and Kessel haven't done enough, the list may go on and on as to why they are in the position they are now. But the guys said the real difference-maker has been Holtby. He hasn't shown any signs of caving in and it's a scary thought.

When NBC Sports' Pierre McGuire came on the show before the series, he said that Holtby had a "different confidence" about him after coming in midway through the Capitals' previous series with Columbus and winning four straight games to take the series. We may be seeing that now. 

By the end of the show, both Colin Dunlap and Jim Colony talked themselves into thinking the Penguins were going to win tonight and at least force a Game 7, but Holtby's play casts ominous clouds over the road ahead.

We'll see tonight.

You can listen to the guys talking about this series and Game 6 tonight, below.