WASHINGTON -- Goaltender Braden Holtby left the Washington Capitals' game against the New York Rangers late in the second period because of dehydration and did not return to the game.
Holtby left with 2:18 remaining in the second period, 14 seconds after allowing the Rangers' second goal of the game. Holtby skated to the bench and had a long conversation with trainer Greg Smith, then went to the dressing room and was replaced by Philipp Grubauer.
“It’s just dehydration,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said after Washington’s 5-2 win. “I think it’s playing a little bit yesterday, flying, all those things. I don’t think there’s anything other than that. He said that he was having a little trouble getting focused, and he didn’t get hit or anything. “
Holtby made 20 saves on 22 shots before leaving. He was credited with the victory, his League-high 29th of the season. The 26-year-old is 29-5-2 with a .931 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against-average.