Arlington, VA Ė The Washington Capitals have assigned goaltender Braden Holtby to their American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, just one day after he posted a shutout of the Montreal Canadiens.
Holtby has been brilliant in a limited role this season for the Caps, who have a crowded netminding situation anchored by Michael Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov. Neuvirth was sidelined Saturday because of an illness, prompting Holtby's recall.
The 21-year-old Holtby, who stopped 18 shots in Washington's 2-0 win Saturday, has a record of 10-2-2 with a 1.79 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage in 14 games at the NHL level. He made his league debut on November 5 and has bounced between the minors and the parent team often since the start of January.
Holtby was the NHL's First Star for the week of March 7-13, when he won all four of his starts with a 1.05 GAA and a .965 save percentage. The week included his first career shutout -- a 22-save effort on March 9 against Edmonton.