With the NHL regular season in the books, and the Stanley Cup Finals are still being grinded out now’s about the time when many fans especially take a look back at the biggest stories, awards, and highlights heading into the off-season. Here we will be looking into the save of the year, which came from Braden Holtby. It wasn’t just one save in that sequence either.
On November 30th, Braden Holtby put on a clinic to preserve a 4-1 win vs the Carolina Hurricanes for his Dallas Stars. But it was what he did in a span of five seconds that got the hockey world buzzing. It wasn’t enough to just make one glamorous save. Holtby made three ridiculous saves in only a few seconds to keep the puck out of the net.
That save back in November was so incredible that even media outlets that talk about other NHL teams talk about it. Such as this article here. While the case was given for Ilya Sorokin’s incredible save to save of the year (from a New York Islanders based site) respect was given for Holtby’s “electric” effort to keep the puck out of the net.
Eye popping saves are nothing new out of Braden Holtby aka Holtbeast. Going back to the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals Holtby sho cked the Vegas Golden Knights, and the rest of the hockey world with his goalie stick. The hockey media was also in awe of this series momentum changing save.
“He was the difference maker,” NHL Network analyst E.J. Hradek said on CBS Sports HQ. “He made that just ridiculous paddle save with just under two minutes mins to go … never gave up on it, got across, got the paddle on it and that was really all she wrote for the Vegas Golden Knights.”
While it was only one moment, over a span of roughly five seconds, the Holtby save (or saves) of the year is getting the attention it deserves. Holtby is very little time demonstrated next level athleticism, reflexes, instincts, positioning and determination. Plays like this is what gets audiences, commentators, and other players shouting SC (sports center) top ten and save of the year.
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While Braden Holtby’s future is unclear though he is currently a Dallas Star, if he stays in Dallas for the upcoming 2023 season he can surely be a backup to Jake Oettinger. Braden Holtby would also make for a great mentor to the young goaltender with a bright future.
“He’s such a good kid that wants to learn and get better,” Holtby said. “He’s very mature for his age. It’s been a lot of fun. These last two years have been more rewarding for me because you’re seeing a generation coming up. It’s fun to watch him evolve. He’s getting more comfortable with every game he plays.”
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