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Capitals' Holtby solved struggles by getting more comfortable letting in goals; Kempny out for season

Capitals' Holtby solved struggles by getting more comfortable letting in goals; Kempny out for season

Braden Holtby 's journey back to the starter's net, to being considered one of the best goaltenders in the NHL , ironically started with accepting that he was going to get scored on more. This time last year, Holtby was just piecing together how his season had gone so wrong, struggling so much that the former Vezina Trophy winner had been unseated as the Washington Capitals ' top netminder going into the playoffs.

The roster upheaval going into the 2017-18 campaign meant that Holtby had watched good friends depart — something he admitted affected him on the ice — and also that the team had parted with "a couple key defensive players," Holtby said. The Capitals steadily...

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