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Braden Holtby's back-to-back shutouts don't go unnoticed by NHL

Braden Holtby's back-to-back shutouts don't go unnoticed by NHL

Braden Holtby was named the third star of the week, the NHL announced on Monday.

After being pulled against Maple Leafs last Tuesday, the reigning Vezina Trophy responded with back-to-back shutouts over the league-leading Blue Jackets and the Senators.

"Oh yeah?" Holtby told NHL.com's Arpon Basu in Montreal upon learning of the honor.

"Not bad considering I got pulled once this week."

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Holtby enters Monday’s game at Bell Centre tied for first in shutouts (5), tied for second in goals against average (1.93) and tied for third in save percentage (.931).

Four of Holtby’s shutouts have come in his last 11 starts.

He’s expected to get the start Monday night in Montreal. In 12 all-time appearances against the Canadiens, the 27-year-old is 8-1-2 with a 1.64 goals against average and .942 save percentage.

Michael Grabner (5 goals, 2 assists) and Patrick Maroon (5 goals, 1 assist) were the week’s first and second stars, respectively. 

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NHL releases potential Game 7 start time

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NHL releases potential Game 7 start time

If the Caps-Maple Leafs series goes past Game 6 tonight, fans officially now know the start of Game 7. 

Sunday morning, the NHL announced the start time for a potential final game in the series. 

Caps fans presumably would prefer to not have to deal with a Game 7, but if they have to, now they know when it would start. 

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Braden Holtby officially named one of three finalists for 2017 Vezina Trophy

Braden Holtby officially named one of three finalists for 2017 Vezina Trophy

Braden Holtby is officially in the running to repeat as the top goaltender in the NHL.

On Saturday afternoon, the Capitals' goalie was named as a finalist for the 2017 Vezina Trophy, per the NHL release.

The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL's top netminder based on regular-season play.

Holtby — who won the award in 2016, joins Canadiens goalie Carey Price — the 2015 winner — and with Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky.

The sixth-year Saskatchewan native finished the regular season with a 42-13-6 record in 63 starts. He recorded nine shutouts and had a 2.07 goals against average and entered the postseason with a .925 save percentage.

Holtby finished the regular season with the league lead in shutouts and wins, and ranked second in GAA and third in save percentage.

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