As the regular season draws closer to its conclusion the Capitals as a team are right where they need to be. There is only one thing that goalie Braden Holtby has left to accomplish before the postseason begins: Win one game to tie, two to own, the record of most games won in the regular season–a record currently held by three- time Stanley Cup champion goalie, Martin Brodeur. Recently Brodeur commented on the milestone that the young goalie is chasing: ”You need to play a lot of games, you need to be on a good team and you’ve got to perform,” said Brodeur who is now assistant GM of the Saint Louis Blues ”And he’s checking all the boxes.”
The compliments don’t stop there; Other goaltender greats like Roberto Louongo said, ‘It’s time to stop referring to him as a young goalie, He’s here and he’s one of the best in the league. I’ve always thought that he was a great goalie, but obviously this year he’s taken it to another level.”
And retired goalie Evgeny Nabokov said ”When the team got a little bit better defensively, I think now he’s at the spot where he can win close to 50 games. It’s been coming. It’s not like he came from nowhere.” Evgeny Nabokov was close to the record himself winning 46 games in the 2007-08 season with the San Jose Sharks.
Every time a goalie with as much dedication and motivation as Holtby has, plays the way he has, players everywhere take notice and respect for the determination of an outstanding player that is at the best of his career. To take a record from a goalie that shaped the way goalies play today is truly a complement to Holtby and his success.
He might not realize it just yet, but this is just the beginning! There are a lot more games to play and many more records to break but when you break a record that Brodeur held, you’ve done something few people will ever do.
All Hail the HoltBeast!!!