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Braden Holtby is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He got the 2016 Vezina Prize after posting a 48-9-7 record and .922 save percentage throughout the 2015– 16 NHL season.
After his outstanding playoff performances as a rookie, Holtby was rewarded with the starting goaltender’s job for the 2012– 13 season, as named by Washington’s new head coach, Adam Oates. On February 25, 2013, just over a month after the lockout-shortened season commenced, Holtby accepted a two-year, $3.7 million contract extension with the Capitals.
On April 8, 2015, Holtby shut-out the Boston Bruins, 3– 0, and having already shut-out Boston in his previous 2 games in the 2014– 15 season, he ended up being the first goaltender to ever perform a season-sweep of three or more games versus Boston without a single goal allowed. This victory would also give him 41 wins on the season, tying him with Olaf Kölzig for most in a single season in Capitals history. On May 4, 2015, Holtby shut-out the New York Rangers, 1– 0, to catch a 2– 1 playoff lead in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. The Capitals lost the series to the New York Rangers 2– 1 in overtime in a game 7 at Madison Square Garden.
Following the 2014– 15 NHL season Holtby became a limited free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Washington Capitals made him a qualifying deal to keep his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Holtby filed for Salary Arbitration. On July 24, it was announced by the team that Holtby had actually signed a 5-year, $30.5 million contract. On April 9, 2016, the Capitals defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-1, making Holtby his 48th win of the season (four of which came by means of shootouts) and tying him with Martin Brodeur for the most wins in a single season record. He accomplished the mark with 66 game starts throughout the 2015– 16 NHL season.
Holtby won the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league’s best goaltender, in 2016.
On March 28, 2017, Holtby earned his 40th win of the season when the Capitals beat the Minnesota Wild 5– 4 in overtime. This win made Holtby the third goaltender in league history to record a minimum of 40 wins in 3 successive seasons, signing up with Brodeur (2005– 08) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007– 10).