Albert: Holtby Saved Game – And Series

Braden Holtby had perhaps the save of the postseason in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
May 31, 2018 - 8:20 am

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In the final minutes of Game 2, with the Capitals clinging to a 3-2 lead over the Golden Knights, Braden Holtby made perhaps the save of the postseason, stonewalling Alex Tuch to preserve the win and even the Stanley Cup Finals at one game apiece.

Kenny Albert’s reaction from a few feet away: How did the puck not go in?

“It would have tied the game – and who knows what would have happened over the final minute and into overtime if they went past regulation?” the Westwood One and NHL on CBS analyst marveled on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “If the Capitals win the series, you’ll look back at that moment – just like the save by Marc-Andre Fleury in Winnipeg in Game 3. The series was tied at 1 at that point, and he made back-to-back saves on Mark Scheifele. When thats series ended, that was one of the key moments that was discussed by everybody.”

The series now shifts to D.C. for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 is Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

“It will be loud in Washington,” Albert said. “This is their first ever win in a Stanley Cup Final game. The Golden Knights actually won a Finals game before the Capitals, who got swept by Detroit back in ’98. D.C. is a great sports city. I lived down there about two decades ago. I know they’re just so excited. I know they had also about 15,000 in the arena to watch (Game 2) on a big screen in Capital One Arena. That's actually more than the average attendance in Ovechkin’s rookie year – to watch the game on TV. It’ll be a great atmosphere in Washington on Saturday.”

“Sometimes if sports fans haven't been to a hockey game in person, they don’t realize how exciting it is,” Albert continued. “I think the playoffs definitely bring out the best in the sport. It was just an unbelievable atmosphere in Vegas, and it’ll be the same way in Washington on Saturday.”