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Holtby Assigned to Hershey

Sunday, 03.27.2011 / 5:49 PM / News

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Holtby Assigned to Hershey
Braden Holtby has proved he belongs with several impressive starts for Washington this season, but when your team has a glut of quality goaltenders, someone has to be moved to clear space. On Sunday, that was Holtby once again, who was assigned to the Capitals' AHL affiliate in Hershey, Capitals GM George McPhee announced.

Holtby was in net Saturday night for an 18-save shutout win against Montreal, his second clean sheet this season.

In 14 games this season, Holtby, 21, has gone 10-2-2 with an impressive 1.79 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. Earlier this month, he was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for the week ending March 13, after he went 4-0-0 with a 1.05 GAA and a .965 save percentage.

It is unknown how long Holtby will remain with Hershey, if he is called up to the NHL at all for the rest of this season. It is expected that Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth will split time in net for Washington.
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