It almost wasn’t fair to Braden Holtby, who had played quite well against the Buffalo Sabres. When Thomas Vanek skated in alone, with two defenders in the area, Holtby probably thought he could handle it.
Yeah, John Carlson, you might just have to read up on this Vanek character. What a way to get your first home win, no matter how delayed it was. Vanek also had a more typical goal in the second, cleaning up a rebound in his office in front of the net. Montador had the Sabres’ first goal.
Ryan Miller had some great saves in his first game back, including stopping Ovechkin on a breakaway, though he did have a puck that he thought he squeezed bounce between his legs and thankfully not into the goal. Great to see him back out there.
Do yourself a favor and go back and watch that goal again.