This has been a rough start to the campaign for many goaltenders, but while Braden Holtby’s GAA is up compared to last season (2.48 in 2017-18 compared to 2.07), he remains one of the top goaltenders in the NHL. Certainly he’s still piling on the wins as he improved to 9-3-0 this season with a win over Pittsburgh. Holtby has already reached the 40-win milestone in three consecutive seasons and with Friday’s victory he’s reached the 200-win plateau for his career.
It’s taken him only 319 career games to reach that milestone, which is faster than any goaltender in NHL history outside of Ken Dryden, who reached that feat in just 309 games. He’s also the 86th netminder to ever reach 200 goals. You have to wonder how high up the victory list Holtby will climb over the course of his career given that he’s still just 28 years old. So much of it will depend on his longevity of course and the quality of the Capitals. Holtby has been superb, but it’s also helped that the team in front of them has been dominant in the regular season in recent years. Whether or not the Capitals can maintain that level, especially as Alex Ovechkin gets older, remains to be seen.
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OTTAWA 4 COLORADO 3 (OT)
This was the first contest in a two-game series that’s being played in Stockholm, Sweden. The game featured several Swedish players including Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, Johnny Oduya, and Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog.
Karlsson registered two assists to extend his point streak to six games. He has a goal and 15 points in just 10 contests this season.
Landeskog also contributed in front of his countrymen as he recorded an assist. That gives him five goals and 11 points in 15 games.
Mark Stone scored two goals, including the game-winner. He has 11 markers and 18 points in 15 contests.
Craig Anderson surrendered three goals on just 19 shots. He has a 6-3-3 record with a 3.11 GAA and .893 save percentage in 12 starts.
Semyon Varlamov kicked out 28 of 32 shots on Friday. He’s allowed at least three goals in six consecutive games.
FLORIDA 4 BUFFALO 1
Jonathan Huberdeau assisted on three of the Panthers’ four goals. He’s up to five goals and 19 points in 15 games this season.
Evgenii Dadonov scored a goal and registered an assist to snap his three-game point drought. He has seven goals and 16 points in 15 contests.
Roberto Luongo stopped 24 of 25 shots last night. He improved to 2-3-1 with a 3.15 GAA and .917 save percentage in seven starts.
Kyle Okposo provided the Sabres’ lone goal. It was his second marker and fifth point in 14 contests.
Robin Lehner kicked out 27 of 29 Panthers shots as two of Florida’s markers were empty netters. That gives Lehner a 4-6-1 record, 2.90 GAA, and .905 save percentage in 12 games.
TORONTO 3 BOSTON 2 (OT)
Frederik Andersen saved 33 of 35 shots, making this the second straight start where he’s held the competition to just two goals. He has a 10-6-0 record, 3.25 GAA, and .901 save percentage in 16 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Anton Khudobin kicked out 30 of 33 shots. He has a 3-0-2 record, 2.60 GAA, and .923 save percentage in six contests.
Patrice Bergeron found the back of the net for the Bruins. He’s on a four-game point streak.
James van Riemsdyk scored a pair of goals for Toronto. He’s up to eight goals and 13 points in 17 contests.
Mitchell Marner assisted on two of the Maple Leafs’ three goals. That gives him a goal and 11 points in 18 games this season.
WASHINGTON 4 PITTSBURGH 1
Braden Holtby stopped 27 of 28 Penguins shots Friday night. This was his 200th win in just his 319th career contest.
T.J. Oshie scored the game-winning goal. It was his seventh marker and 12th point in 17 games.
Jakub Vrana also found the back of the net for Washington. That gives him four goals and seven points in 17 contests.
Phil Kessel netted the Penguins’ only goal. He has six goals and 20 points in 18 games.
Matt Murray turned aside 27 of 30 Washington shots. He has a 9-4-1 record, 2.90 GAA, and .906 save percentage in 15 contests.
CAROLINA 3 COLUMBUS 1
Jordan Staal netted a pair of goals on Friday. He’s up to six goals and nine points in 14 contests.
Teuvo Teravainen assisted on both of Staal’s goals. That gives him three goals and nine points in 14 games this season.
Brandon Dubinsky provided the Blue Jackets’ lone goal. It was his second goal and sixth point in 17 games.
Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 26 of 28 shots in his third straight loss. He has a 8-4-1 record, 2.35 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 13 starts.
Cam Ward saved 25 of 26 shots last night. He improved to 2-2-0 with a 2.78 GAA and .920 save percentage in four games.
DALLAS 5 NY ISLANDERS 0
Ben Bishop only needed to make 14 saves to get the shutout on Friday. The Islanders never got more than six shots in a single period.
Jordan Eberle led the Islanders with three shots on goal. He has five markers on 40 SOG this season.
John Klingberg scored a goal and registered two assists. The Stars blueliner has four goals and 18 points in 16 contests.
Fellow defenseman Esa Lindell also had a goal and an assist. He has four goals and seven points in 16 games.
Jaroslav Halak surrendered five goals on 29 shots last night. He’s allowed 12 goals over his last three starts.
VEGAS 5 WINNIPEG 2
Maxime Lagace saved 27 of 29 shots last night. It was his second win in seven games as he continues to fill the void for the Golden Knights left by the fact that they have three goaltenders sidelined.
William Karlsson scored a pair of goals that included the game-winner. He’s up to six goals and 12 points in 16 contests this season.
David Perron scored a goal and registered an assist for Vegas. He has five goals and 14 points in 16 games.
Patrik Laine found the back of the net last night. The Jets sophomore is on a four-game goal scoring streak.