Two days after the Golden Knights claimed their first Stanley Cup final victory in franchise history, the Capitals did the same.
And much like Vegas in their Game 1 victory, the Caps were saved by a crucial, amazing play in the contest’s closing moments.
It came in the form of a jaw-dropping Braden Holtby save.
Braden Holtby absolutely robs Alex Tuch. Alex Ovechkin can’t believe it. pic.twitter.com/MKnS6Df5tv
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 31, 2018
Even his teammates’ postgame reactions were priceless.
“I was like, ‘Oh no,’” said Nicklas Backstrom. “But then I was like, ‘Oh yes!’”
Jay Beagle admitted to thinking “There’s no way.”
But perhaps the best indicator that Holtby’s save is an all-timer is the reactions of former NHL keepers.
Greatest save I’ve ever seen!
— OlieKolzig (@OlieKolzig37) May 31, 2018
Goalies around the world to Braden Holtby! pic.twitter.com/4ITNtHkyOC
— Chris Mason (@cmace30) May 31, 2018
Holtby has been a nimble brick wall in the playoffs. After going the entire regular season without a shutout, he blanked the Lightning in Games 6 and 7 to lead the Caps to their second ever Stanley Cup final. In this postseason, he owns a .921 save percentage and a 2.19 goals against average.
If he keeps it up and the Caps pull this thing out, expect to see replays of this epic save whenever May rolls around for decades to come.