Braden Holtby and John Carlson Lead Metropolitan Division to All-Star Game Win

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Carlson were well represented at the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose last week. With coach Todd Reirden at the helm of the Metropolitan Division, the trio contributed to wins over the Atlantic and Central Divisions to win the All-Star Game and split the grand prize of one million dollars.

“It was a fun weekend. We put on a great show. San Jose did a great job of putting this event on and I think it was a very good show for the fans, they seemed to enjoy it,” said Holtby.

As for all the scoring the All-Star Game entails, Holtby had his work cut out for him. He faced a total of 30 shots between the two games.

“You just try and do your best. They also scored a lot of goals for me too,” added Holtby.

The Metro Division won the first game 7-4 over the Atlantic. While Carlson registered a shot on goal, Holtby split time with Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers between the pipes. Holtby allowed just two goals while stopping 11-of-13 shots for a .846 save percentage. Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Seth Jones of the Columbus Blue Jackets each had two goals with other contributions coming from Cam Atkinson (CBJ), Kris Letang (Pit), and Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Metropolitan Division continued their momentum with a 10-5 win over the Central in the championship, including five unanswered goals in the first period from Matthew Barzal of the New York Islanders, Claude Giroux (Gritty’s best friend!) of the Philadelphia Flyers with Carlson assisting, Letang, Kyle Palmieri of the New Jersey Devils, and Crosby.

After the Central got two back in the second period, Crosby gave the Metro a 6-2 cushion. From there, the Metro went on a 3-1 run with goals from Aho, Atkinson, and Barzal. Atkinson rounded out the scoring. Holtby stopped 12 of the 17 shots he faced for a .706 save percentage. Crosby went on to win the All-Star Game MVP with eight points between the two games (four goals and four assists).

“Holts made a number of highlight-reel saves so that’s always fun to watch your own guys have a great weekend. Just the whole experience for me was amazing. I was really honored to represent the Capitals. It was just a ton of fun,” said Reirden.

“Winning is always nice. It was a fun experience. New, obviously, to me and I had a lot of fun with it,” Carlson told the media after playing in his first All-Star Game.

The Caps are back in action Thursday afternoon when the take the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex for practice. They’ll take on the Calgary Flames to begin the second-half push on Friday night at Capital One Arena.



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