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Braden Holtby proved to be on of the Caps' most valuable players during this year's playoffs.
With Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth out with injuries and the playoffs quickly approaching, Dale Hunter and the Capitals turned to rookie goaltender Braden Holtby.
Holtby became a superstar during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. His superb play in the net helped the Caps upset the Boston Bruins. Holtby was also integral in the Caps taking the first-seeded New York Rangers to seven games.
Since Vokoun was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Holtby and Neuvirth will be battling for role of starting goaltender.
Neuvirth has Holtby beat in the experience department. Holtby, on the other hand, has proven to be a go-to player in pressure situations.
Watching Holtby and Neuvirth compete and bring the best out of one another will be fun to watch. It should also help the Capitals as a whole.
It also seems that there’s a bit of tension between the two goalies, too—since Neuvirth called Holtby his “weakest competition” yet (via Yahoo! Sports).
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