ARLINGTON, Va. – Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby earned his 48th win of the season on Saturday at St. Louis, tying Martin Brodeur (48, 2006-07) for first place on the NHL’s single-season wins list. Holtby (66 games played) secured his 48th win of the season in 12 fewer games than Brodeur (78 games played).
Holtby, 26, has posted a 48-9-7 record this season with three shutouts, a 2.22 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. Holtby’s 48 wins mark the Capitals franchise record for wins in a season, breaking the previous record (41) set by himself last season and Olie Kolzig in 1999-00. The 6’2”, 217-pound goaltender is the 13th goaltender in NHL history to post multiple 40-win seasons and is the seventh goaltender in NHL history to record consecutive 40-win seasons. Holtby posted a 22-game point streak from Nov. 12 to Jan. 14 (20-0-2), marking the second-longest point streak by a goaltender in franchise history and only the second point streak of 22 or more games in the NHL in the last 20 seasons. Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore posted a franchise-record 23-game point streak during the 2009-10 season (20-0-3). In addition, Holtby was the first goaltender to win 27 games in a 32-game stretch (11/12-2/11: 27-1-3) since 1995-96, when Chris Osgood did so with the Red Wings (11/22/95-3/20/96: 27-3-2).
Holtby has posted a 149-60-25 record with 23 shutouts, a 2.38 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 244 career NHL games with Washington. Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Holtby ranks first among NHL goaltenders in wins (135) and tied for second in shutouts (20). Holtby, drafted by Washington in the fourth round, 93rd overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft, was the 10th goaltender selected in the 2008 NHL Draft. Holtby has earned more wins and shutouts than the nine goaltenders drafted before him combined. In addition, Holtby is the third goaltender in franchise history to register 100 wins with the Capitals (Kolzig, Don Beaupre) and became the fastest goaltender in franchise history to reach the 100-win plateau, earning the mark in 176 games. He ranks tied for third among active goaltenders in fewest games needed to reach 100 career wins and his 118 wins through his first 200 career games ranks first among active goaltenders. Holtby ranks first in franchise history in save percentage, second in wins, shutouts and goals-against average and third in games played.
Brodeur posted a 48-23-7 record with 12 shutouts, a 2.18 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage with the New Jersey Devils in 2006-07. He broke Bernie Parent’s NHL record for wins in a season with 34 saves in New Jersey’s 3-2 win at Philadelphia on April 5, 2007. The Montreal, Que., native posted a 691-397-105-49 record with 125 shutouts, a 2.24 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in 1,266 career games with New Jersey and St. Louis. Brodeur ranks first all-time among NHL goaltenders in wins, shutouts, games played and saves (28,928).