Braden Holtby was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy while Philipp Grubauer was arguably the best backup in the NHL. But the best save of the season was not made by either goalie, according to Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir.
In episode 2 of the Caps Summer Series, our experts counted down some of the best moments of the Capitals season. When counting down the best saves of the season, El-Bashir made the case for Tom Wilson.
Washington entered Game 4 in their series with the Toronto Maple Leafs down 2-1. The Caps took a 2-0 lead in the game, but Zach Hyman pulled Toronto within one. The Leafs came within inches of tying the game as a puck trickled through the pads of Holtby, but Wilson made a diving play to sweep the puck off the goal line and out. Wilson then joined the rush on the counter attack and scored to put Washington up 3-1.The Caps would not relinquish that lead or lose another game in the series.
You can watch the play and El-Bashir's argument in the video above.
Consider this: An underdog Toronto team up 2-1 in the series against the top team in the conference battles back from a 2-0 deficit in their own building to tie the game. There would have been a lot of confidence and momentum among the Leafs and it would have made them tough to beat. Wilson's play was essentially a two-goal swing for Washington. Instead of a 2-2 game, his play made it 3-1.
He may not be a goalie, but Wilson's save was arguably the most important one of the season.
Episode 4 of the Caps Summer Series airs 7 p.m. on Thursday. It will focus on the team's prospects and development camp.
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