Caps and Holtby: Making a Statement

The playoffs have been outstanding so far if you are a Caps fan. Flyers fans, sorry (not sorry)!!

With veteran goalie Steve Mason between the pipes for Philly and Braden Holtby in for DC, it sure seemed that this would be a close and physical series. Well, its been physical but as far as being close; that was never the case except when the Flyers got that first goal in Game 3. That has been the only shining moment for the Flyers thus far.

Steve Mason has had some amazing saves, however, being on a team that takes a lot of penalties can be frustrating for a goalie. We goalies hate being on the penalty kill. The lack of discipline and respect shown by the Flyers this post season doesn’t come as much of a surprise to many. 

The Caps have  outscored Philly 12-2 through three games. Holtby has been at his best and is only getting better. He does something a lot of goalies don’t spend time doing–getting ready mentally for the game.  

The exercises and focus warm ups he does are the reason for his lightning quick reflexes. Earning a shutout in game one, he has proven yet again that he is the face of goalies in t
he NHL by outperforming goalies everywhere.

Steve Mason has a bit of an unfortunate situation; he plays in Philadelphia. In Game 3 the Capitals had seven minutes of the last eight on the power play. The defense was worn out and Mason looked dead tired. GAME02-243.jpg
A lot of that is because of the fans taking matters into their own hands. Throwing objects on the ice like the memorial bracelets that were part of a touching pregame ceremony to remember the late Mr. Ed Snider. Lou Nolan, the PA announcer for the Flyers was outstanding and professional to the max Monday night. He was put in a tough spot by fans that were misbehaving and he responded appropriately.

Game 4 should be a good one: one team is a win away from advancing, the other is one loss away from booking a tee time (good weather for it this week!), expect both teams to play a hard fought battle tomorrow.


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