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Washington Capitals (49-26-7)


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Holtby used midseason reprieve for personal growth

LAS VEGAS (AP) When Braden Holtby took some time off in February, playing in only nine of the Washington Capitals' 14 games, he finally had a chance to reflect on aspects of his game.

It might seem easy to say being benched in favor of Philipp Grubauer for the first two games of the postseason ignited Holtby's standout playoff run. But he credits his midseason reprieve for a revival that pushed him and Washington into the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. Game 1 in Monday night.

"It was great to just have a break in February where I could really analyze myself in a game, go to work, kind of get back to those roots and just working as hard as I possibly can to figure out different things of myself and the game," Holtby said. "This year I think is one of those years where I've learned more and soaked in more knowledge than previous years."

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Leaders
Points: A. Ovechkin87
Plus/Minus: M. Niskanen24
Shots on Goal: A. Ovechkin355
PIM: T. Wilson187
Win: B. Holtby34
Shutouts: P. Grubauer3
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 256 (9)
Shots: 2379 (31)
PP%: 22.5% (7)
Penalty Minutes: 800 (6)
Assists: 438 (9)
SH Goals: 4 (28)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
xy-Washington 49 26 7 105
x-Pittsburgh 47 29 6 100
x-Philadelphia 42 26 14 98
x-Columbus 45 30 7 97
x-New Jersey 44 29 9 97
Carolina 36 35 11 83
NY Islanders 35 37 10 80
NY Rangers 34 39 9 77
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 238 (16)
Shots Against: 2613 (18)
PK%: 80.3% (15)
Penalty Minutes: 753 (8)
Shutouts: 3 (25)
Sv%: 0.909 (17)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
5/18 T. Lewington Contract extended Two-year contract extension
5/16 A. Ness Contract extended One-year contract extension
5/10 M. Kammerer Signed as Free Agent Three-year, entry-level contract
5/9 M. Bau Signed as Free Agent One-year, entry-level contract
5/8 T. Wilson Suspension Over
5/4 I. Samsonov Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
5/2 A. Jonsson-Fjallby Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
5/2 J. Ikonen Signed as Free Agent Two-year contract
5/2 T. Wilson Suspended Three games by NHL for illegal check
4/25 N. Walker Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
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