Braden Holtby was going to make a name for himself in the Capitals’ first-round playoff series against Boston, one way or another. What would that name be? Would he be the rookie thrust into the goal mouth and greatness? Or would he be the promising youngster broken by the pressure of playing for the most snake-bit team in recent NHL playoff history?
After four games, it’s certain he won’t be the latter. A sellout Verizon Center crowd chanted his name as Washington took a 2-1 victory in Game 4 on Thursday night, guaranteeing he’s much more likely to wind up a hero than a goat.