Capitals goalie Braden Holtby has talked about the pressure of playing for the Washington Capitals and how they can get better, but he has yet to come up with a way to fix the team’s woes.
On Wednesday night, Holtby faced the Washington Senators for the first time since Feb. 3.
That was his fourth game since suffering a broken left collarbone.
He was replaced by Alexander Ovechkin and is now 0-3 in his past eight outings.
He gave up three goals on 10 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Senators.
“I just don’t know what I can do.
We’ve been playing very well, but I think that’s going to be something that’s really, really important,” Holtby said.
“I just have to figure out how do we get better.”
The Capitals are 4-3-1 in their past five games.
The team is tied for the league lead with the Tampa Bay Lightning with 14 points.
The Capitals, who have won three of four, were the surprise of the NHL on Thursday when they acquired center Justin Williams from the Tampa Lightning for forward Ryan Callahan and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
The Capitals have not played well since being swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 3, but they are trying to avoid their worst start since 2013-14.
“It’s not about one game,” Holtbier said.
“(It’s) what’s happening every single game, and that’s where you get your confidence.
You can’t just focus on one game, because that’s when you get blown out.
If we can get out of this slump and just focus and go out there and win games, that’s what’s going get us out of the funk.
Holtby has three shutouts and has been a big reason why the Capitals are one of the league’s top teams. “
We know we have a lot of guys who are capable of playing right now, but that’s all on me.”
Holtby has three shutouts and has been a big reason why the Capitals are one of the league’s top teams.
The 22-year-old has posted a .920 save percentage in his last four starts, with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.
The Senators, who are in third place in the Atlantic Division, are 1-7-1, but have a chance to make the playoffs for the second straight year.
The Sens have lost five straight and five of six games.
Ottawa is in eighth place in its division.