Braden Holtby allowed five goals Monday night, but the Capitals aren't blaming him for not reaching the second round.
Holtby was a major reason the Capitals made a late-season surge and even advanced into the playoffs. He finished with a 2.22 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. "I think he's been playing great all series, all season," Nicklas Backstrom said. "He's a young, talented goalie and without him we wouldn't be here today in the playoffs. His performance this series and the whole year has been amazing, I think, and it's been fun to watch. He's not the reason we lost. That's me, myself, and on the players."