ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has been named the NHL’s “Second Star” for the month of December, the NHL announced today.
Holtby posted a 9-0-1 record with one shutout, a 1.69 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage in 11 appearances during the month to rank second in the NHL in wins and lead the Capitals (28-7-3, 59 points) to an 11-2-1 December as well as the top of the Eastern Conference standings. He allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 11 outings, including a 31-save shutout on Dec. 28 at Buffalo. The 6’2”, 217-pound goaltender has posted a 24-4-2 record in 31 games this season and leads the NHL in wins (24), ranks second in goals-against average (1.92) and tied for fourth in save percentage (.932). He has earned at least one point in 18 consecutive decisions dating to Nov. 12 (16-0-2), the longest such streak by any goaltender since Roberto Luongo posted a 21-game run with the Vancouver Canucks in 2010-11 (16-0-5). The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native was also named the NHL’s “Second Star” for the week ending Nov. 29 and was named the NHL “Second Star” for November.