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The Noon Number: No Help for Holtby

A look at a stellar outing on Sunday for one player and one player alone

NHL: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

.974 - Braden Holtby’s save percentage yesterday against the Bruins, turning aside 38 of the 39 shots he faced in the eventual 1-0 loss. That’s the highest save percentage he’s ever posted in a regulation or overtime loss in his career, regular season or playoffs (and second-highest if you include shootout losses, as he has one “shutout” against Tampa Bay).

His previous high was .967, which he’s done twice, both in 29-save, 1-0 overtime losses - once in Montreal back in January 2015, and once in Game 1 of the 2012 playoff series against Boston.

Despite the loss, Holtby has still dominated the Bruins overall in his career, with a .946 save percentage, four shutouts and a 16-3-0 record against them since his debut back in 2010. No goalie has a better save percentage or more shutouts against Boston over that span (min. six games played), and only Carey Price has more wins. In fact, only Niklas Backstrom has a better save percentage against the Bruins (.948) over the last 40+ years.