Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has been named the NHL's "Third Star" for the month of February, the NHL announced today.
Holtby posted an 8-0-1 record with one shutout, a 1.88 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage to backstop the League-leading Capitals (42-13-7, 91 points) to a 9-2-1 record in February. He allowed two or fewer goals in six of his nine appearances, highlighted by his 30th career shutout on Feb. 7 against Carolina (23 saves). The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native - who owns a 17-0-2 record in his last 19 decisions dating to Dec. 29 - has played in 47 games this season, ranking in the top three among goaltenders in goals-against average (1st; 1.95), shutouts (t-1st; 7), wins (t-2nd; 32) and save percentage (3rd; .929).
Video: WSH@NYR: Holtby denies Stepan, keeps game scoreless
Video: EDM@WSH: Holtby sticks with deflection for nice save
Video: WSH@PHI: Holtby turns away Simmonds from in front
Video: WSH@PIT: Holtby flashes the leather on Giroux
Video: WSH@DET: Holtby makes a pair of stops on Helm
Video: DET@WSH: Holtby shuts door on Mantha's breakaway
Video: CAR@WSH: Holtby shuts the door on Aho's breakaway
Video: WSH@MTL: Holtby turns away Plekanec on the rush
Video: WSH@MTL: Holtby kicks out his pad to deny Mitchell
Video: WSH@MTL: Holtby stones Galchenyuk with beautiful stop
Video: BOS@WSH: Holtby gloves Bergeron's wrister