LAS VEGAS (AP) When Braden Holtby took some time off in February, playing in only nine of the Washington Capitals' 14 games, he finally had a chance to reflect on aspects of his game.
It might seem easy to say being benched in favor of Philipp Grubauer for the first two games of the postseason ignited Holtby's standout playoff run. But he credits his midseason reprieve for a revival that pushed him and Washington into the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. Game 1 in Monday night.
"It was great to just have a break in February where I could really analyze myself in a game, go to work, kind of get back to those roots and just working as hard as I possibly can to figure out different things of myself and the game," Holtby said. "This year I think is one of those years where I've learned more and soaked in more knowledge than previous years."