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The Noon Number: Playoff Beast

A look at the man between the pipes for the Caps and his studly playoff numbers

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3 - Number of postseason shutouts recorded by Braden Holtby in his career, including last night's blanking of the Flyers. That moves him into second in that department in franchise history, passing Semyon Varlamov and Don Beaupre (two apiece) and trailing only Olie Kolzig's six.

His Game 1 whitewash also marked the third time a Caps' goalie has ever posted a shutout in the opening game of a series, and the first since Kolzig did so in the series opener against Tampa in 2003. (Olie's also got the first such shutout, blanking the Penguins two years earlier.)

Since his rookie season back in 2012-13, Holtby leads the League in postseason save percentage and GAA, and has given up no more than one goal in 14 of his 17 playoff victories.  He is tied with Henrik Lundqvist, Ben Bishop, and Marc-Andre Fleury in shutouts; only Corey Crawford (four) and Tuukka Rask / Jonathan Quick (five each) have more over that span... and all have appeared in more playoff games than Holtby.

(h/t CSNMAElias@BenRaby31 and @RobCarlinCSN)