Erik Karlsson

Digest: Holtby pulled again in Capitals' 5-1 loss to Blue Jackets

Digest: Holtby pulled again in Capitals' 5-1 loss to Blue Jackets

Goaltender Braden Holtby was the last Washington Capitals player out of the locker room tunnel as the second period was about to start. His mask had been replaced with a baseball cap. Until a late empty-net goal, the scoreboard in front of him was frozen on the four goals he had allowed in the first period. The final was a 5-1 Washington loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets , an outcome that was decided in the opening frame.

Holtby was yanked from net early for the second time in his past four starts and a third time this month. Playing behind a team that has been plagued by inconsistency for the past two months, Holtby lost his sixth straight start, extending a...

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