Capitals goalie wows hockey world with what some are calling one of the greatest saves ever during the Stanley Cup Final

  • Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made an incredible stick save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final to preserve the Capitals' win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
  • Some are calling it one of the greatest saves ever.
  • The save helped the Capitals beat the Knights, 3-2, and even the series at 1-1 as it goes back to Washington.


The Washington Capitals stayed alive in the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday with a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights to even the series at 1-1.

Late in the third period, the Knights were making a push to find the tying goal when Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made what some are calling one of the greatest saves ever.

After the puck bounced off the boards behind Holtby, it shot across the crease to Knights center Cody Eakin on the right side. Eakin fired a pass to winger Alex Tuch, who had what appeared to be an easy wrist shot before Holtby leaped across, stopping the shot with his paddle before controlling the puck.

Wow.

 


Capitals coach Barry Trotz said the save was a message from the hockey gods.

"To me, it was the hockey gods," Trotz said. "They evened it up from last game. Once he made that save, I knew we were going to win the game."

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02: Devante Smith-Pelly #25 of the Washington Capitals falls along the boards against Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period of Game Three of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena on June 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 28: An official moves in to separate Ryan Carpenter #40 of the Vegas Golden Knights and Lars Eller #20 of the Washington Capitals in the first period of Game One of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on May 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Capitals 6-4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 28: Devante Smith-Pelly #25 of the Washington Capitals and Shea Theodore #27 of the Vegas Golden Knights fall to the ice in the third period of Game One of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on May 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Capitals 6-4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 28: Ryan Reaves #75 celebrates his goal with teammates Deryk Engelland #5, Tomas Nosek #92, Shea Theodore #27 and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare #41 of the Vegas Golden Knights against the Washington Capitals in Game One of the Stanley Cup Final during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena on May 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 28: Tomas Nosek #92 of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrates after scoring a third-period, empty-net goal against the Washington Capitals in Game One of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on May 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Capitals 6-4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 30: Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals makes a diving stick-save on Alex Tuch #89 of the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period in Game Two of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on May 30, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Capitals defeated the Golden Knights3-2. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)
May 30, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) makes a diving save against the Vegas Golden Knights in the third period in game two of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
May 30, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Officials try to break up a scrum as Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller (6) tackles Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) in the third period in game two of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02: Devante Smith-Pelly #25 of the Washington Capitals reacts after scoring a goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the third period in Game Three of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena on June 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 04: (L-R) Vegas Golden Knights fans Jay Bryant-Chavez, Brock Williams and Pamela Salas, all of Nevada, react during a Golden Knights road game watch party for Game Four of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals at T-Mobile Arena on June 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 04: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a second-period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Four of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Capital One Arena on June 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Devante Smith-Pelly #25 of the Washington Capitals scores a third-period goal past Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Vegas Golden Knights saves a shot during the second period against the Washington Capitals in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period of Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Lars Eller #20 of the Washington Capitals is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a third-period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Capitals forward Jay Beagle said it was the "save of a lifetime."

"You're thinking there's no way that bounces to them across the crease and then comes back across," Beagle said. "Holts just makes the save of the year. Maybe the save of a lifetime. It's unreal."

Plenty of others around the hockey world reacted, too.

Former Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig said it was the greatest save he's ever seen.

Getty photographer Ethan Miller also caught an incredible overhead image of the save:

 

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The save was not only physically incredible — it put home-ice in the Capitals' favor. It held off a game-tying goal from the Knights, a team that has mounted comebacks all season, and evened the series as the Capitals travel back to D.C.

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