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Holtby among Capitals sent to AHL

Friday, 09.14.2012 / 4:08 PM / News

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Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby
Goalie - WSH
RECORD: 4-2-1
GAA: 2.49 | SVP: 0.922

Goaltender Braden Holtby was among 21 players sent by the Washington Capitals to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears, on Friday.

The 22-year-old took over the starting job in Washington after injuries sidelined Michal Neuvirth and Tomas Vokoun, and held onto it through the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Playing in all 14 postseason games, Holtby posted a 1.95 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.

In seven regular-season games, he went 4-2-1 with a 2.49 GAA and .922 save percentage.

Also sent to the AHL were forwards Mike Carman, Stanislav Galiev, Garrett Mitchell, Danick Paquette, Mattias Sjogren, Matt Clackson, Zach Hamill, Ryan Potulny and Ryan Stoa; defensemen Brett Flemming, Tomas Kundratek, Dmitry Orlov, Cameron Schilling, Dustin Stevenson, Kevin Marshall, Patrick McNeill and Garrett Stafford; and goaltenders Brandon Anderson, Philipp Grubauer and Dany Sabourin.

In addition, forward Tom Wilson, the 16th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, was returned to his junior team, the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round