Goalkeeper Braden Holtby of Washington Capitals scored 1
The rescue is discussed and dissected for some time as Holtby – who started the playoffs on the jaw in favor of Philipp Grubauer – seemed to resist the logic of keeping an Alex Tuch One-Timer out of the slot on the net. But the salvation was a chain of reactions the second before Tuchy entered Eakin's pass.
The play really started around 2:05 am when Golden Knights Defender Shea Theodore hit the red line on the left side of the ice and hit the puck deep. As Golden Knights goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury rose to the hash marks to leave the ice for an additional skater. Three Capitals skaters retreated as Eakin slid up the right-hand side. As the puck threw around the boards in the left corner, he clumsily raced around the net instead of wrapping it all the way.
Holtby was halfway down his crotch, his right shoulder pointing to the corner where the puck shot out. He was forced to respond immediately to avoid the puck jumping off his skate and quickly pulled himself back to the goal line with his feet up and arms raised high.
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The caps had been prepared for the dump to settle on a normal breakout, allowing Eakin to slip past two Washington skaters to pick the puck right around Holtby's point of attachment To reach the left. Here it became very interesting.
Holtby was essentially at the front of the line with all his weight, and now he had to adjust to the possibility of a quick Eakin shot from about 15 feet away. Without reacting for long, he settled down to the shooter and did not put him out. Perhaps Holtby saw cloth fall into the slot from the left side and intentionally stayed deep in the net to save time, move sideways. But more likely he just did not have the time to leave Eakin.
As soon as Eakin touched the puck, Holtby shot and fell on the butterfly, but Eakin had instead put the puck across the disk, the slot in front of John Carlson towards the cloth. At this point, Holtby was already on the ground. Because he was pushed deep into his net to avoid the bad rebound from the boards, he never had the chance to really meet Eakin. He came too late to the shooter and committed the shot because he never had a chance to read the game react. By falling so fast into the butterfly, he had eliminated the ability to slip his right leg over the fold and execute a butterfly slide towards the right post to defend Tuch's shot.
Holtby was also checked on Eakin, who had made the pass from the low circle. For this reason, he would not be able to use his left skate to push laterally into the butterfly slide over the fold without resetting it. The back doorpost was now 135 degrees from where it was pointed. Holtby would never have been able to pull up his left leg and slide back and forth in time to respond to Tuchy's upcoming one-timer, because it would not be a simple sidelobe; he would have had to postpone and . So he just reacted the way he could – he thrust the back of his stick into the huge empty net.
Tuch took the shot from the low slot just above the fold as the caps goalkeeper kept his swing toward the net. The puck hit the paddle a few inches off the ice and a few inches below Holtby's blocker on the control stick. Holtby not only stopped the puck because of the stick's downward angle, but also kept the rebound and quickly found cover, while Carlson and Jay Beagle hurried to their goalkeepers.
Against the Netminder, Fleury was incensed After the game:
Marc-Andre Fleury says Braden Holtby's rescue was good, but he wanted them to go in for the Golden ones Knight Trouble At A Loss Avoid Game 2.
Holtby was a little behind the game because he never really had the chance to catch up. The bad rebound from the end boards brought him into his own net, out of balance and out of position. He recovered immediately, but the late setup forced him to react a bit too early. The resulting angle of his butterfly position prevented him from sliding over the fold to the far post and salvaging with his leg pad. The result was one of the best parades you'll see this season, especially considering the situation.
The Stanley Cup Final continues with Game 3 on Saturday in Washington, DC.