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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 received the 2016 Vezina Trophy after publishing a 48-9-7 record and .922 save percentage during the 2015– 16 NHL season.
After his impressive playoff performances as a rookie, Holtby was rewarded with the starting goaltender’s task for the 2012– 13 season, as named by Washington’s new head coach, Adam Oates. On February 25, 2013, simply over a month after the lockout-shortened season commenced, Holtby consented to 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 two games in the 2014– 15 season, he became the first goaltender to ever carry out a season-sweep of three or more games against Boston without a single goal allowed. This victory would also provide 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 record 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 certifying deal to maintain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Holtby applied 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, earning Holtby his 48th win of the season (4 which came via shootouts) and tying him with Martin Brodeur for the most wins in a single season record. He attained the mark with 66 game begins throughout the 2015– 16 NHL season.
Holtby won the Vezina Prize, 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 consecutive seasons, joining Brodeur (2005– 08) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007– 10).