Holtby works out after stick to eye
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby worked out fully Sunday morning, apparently no worse for wear after Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson inadvertently wedged his stick through a hole in Holtby’s mask, injuring his left eye on Saturday.
Holtby didn’t return to the game, and it’s unclear if he’ll start against the St. Louis Blues on Monday, the first game of a back-to-back set, but Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said the team doesn’t intend to recall another netminder, indicating Holtby is at least healthy enough to dress.
Washington could choose to start Pheonix Copley against the Blues and then have Holtby in net against the nashville Predators on Tuesday.
“obviously anything with your eyes is a little scary,” Holtby said. “It’s fortunate that it wasn’t anything too serious. you just move on . ... I didn’t have the sight to keep going. I just wouldn’t have been a benefit to the team. it was one of those things. Eyes heal quickly, so just 24 hours and I’ll be back to normal.”
Salute TO nash
Rick Nash, who was the first star player of the Columbus franchise, conducted the ceremonial faceoff before the Blue Jackets played the new york rangers on Sunday. The 34-year-old nash retired this week after 15 seasons because of concussion issues.