braden holtby gets pulled early as capitals fall into deep hole against penguins

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following the rest of his teammates, capitals goaltender braden holtby was the last player to come out of washington’s locker room for the start of the third period saturday night. a baseball cap had replaced his mask. he took a spot at the end of the bench rather than skating over to the net. it had come to this, the capitals’ star goaltender benched in favor of his understudy.washington lost to pittsburgh, 6-2, in game 2 of this eastern conference semifinal, and the capitals are now in a two-games-to-none hole to start the series. climbing out of that will be especially challenging with the next two games in pittsburgh, and what were once strengths for the team — defense and goaltending — now seem to be weaknesses. “i thought some of the goals, he wasn’t as sharp as he can be for us,” coach barry trotz said. “he’s a game-changer for us, and so when he didn’t change the game, i just looked to change the mojo there a little bit, that’s all.“braden’s our backbone, he has been all year. we’ve got to find some goals for him, too. we just can’t just put it on braden holtby. we’ve got to find some goals in our room right now, and we haven’t found enough......

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