Bruins forward Rich Peverley did his best to get under the skin of Capitals rookie goaltender Braden Holtby during Game 7 of the two teams’ Eastern Conference quarterfinals finale last night in Boston.
Late in the second period, Peverley got in Holtby’s kitchen and attempted to establish position in front of the net. After taking a shove from Caps defenseman John Carlson, Peverley was pushed to the ground from behind by Holtby. Peverley took exception to the goalie’s aggressiveness and turned around and fake slashed the 22-year-old in response. It was an odd sequence, one that was a clear display of frustration on Peverley’s part.
Capitals fans had to love seeing Holtby stand unfazed and without even a flinch. That’s the kind of toughness you love to see in your goaltender come playoff time. It was just one of many impressive highlights for Holtby in his first-ever NHL playoff series. The kid certainly has guts, gotta give him that.