Braden Holtby isn’t worried that becoming a father Thursday will distract him from his duties Saturday at Madison Square Garden when the Capitals and Rangers play Game 7 of their second-round series.
“[Yesterday] was a great day. Mom and baby are doing great, but now I’m focusing on hockey,” said Washington’s rookie goalie. “Circumstances are different, but it’s still the same game. It’s still hockey. The main thing you learn when you turn professional is to separate personal life from hockey, and that’s what we’re gonna do here.”
This sort of stuff is bound to get blown out of proportion. Will he be distracted? Will he be inspired? It can’t be “neither,” because that doesn’t make for a good story.
Who knows though? Maybe he’ll be extra motivated and stand on his head. Or, maybe all the stress will prove to be too much and he’ll fall apart, in which case he can hold it over his kid’s head forever.
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.