BOSTON -- A few days ago, Braden Holtby admitted he had only done a few media interviews during his time in the American Hockey League this season.
With each performance in this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series, the 22-year-old rookie goaltender for the Washington Capitals faced more and more attention as he became the breakout star of the opening round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
There he was again Wednesday night inside the visiting dressing room at TD Garden, removing his equipment piece by piece as a horde of reporters and people holding television cameras crowded around him and waited. He calmly went about his postgame routine before pulling on a sweat-stained Capitals hat and answering questions about how his seventh-seeded club had just knocked off the defending Stanley Cup champions.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3