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Holtby has been force in goal in leading Capitals to 2-0 series lead over Rangers

Sunday, 05.05.2013 / 6:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Holtby has been force in goal in leading Capitals to 2-0 series lead over Rangers

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In the first-round matchup between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals there is a Vezina Trophy-winning goalie who has taken his team to the Eastern Conference finals, and of course there is ... the other guy.

No, Washington's Braden Holtby doesn't have the awards, the accolades or the attention that New York counterpart Henrik Lundqvist has grown accustomed to.

What he and the Capitals do have is a big 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that resumes with Game 3 at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

Holtby yielded only one goal in the Capitals' victory in Game 1, outdueling Lundqvist on a night the star goalie felt at least one if not two of the three Washington goals should have been stopped.

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