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Braden Holtby finished his season with the Dallas Stars on injured reserve but not before he posted a bounce back .912 save percentage, showing off the anticipation and play reading that made him a Vezina Trophy and Stanley Cup winner — and a perfect Pro Reads goalie.
Holtby has always processed the game at an elite level, which shone through in his first three Pro Reads and makes him an ideal guest for our latest video breakdown session.
After breaking down a couple of odd-man rushes and a backdoor chance in-zone in his first three Pro Reads, we wanted to get Holtby’s take on a simpler play that can give some goalies fits at every level of play: a one-on-one rush against a retreating defenseman.
Now, let’s add the speed component by watching the entire sequence from several angles:
THE PRO READ
One part of the save above that every goalie knows can make a routine chance a lot more difficult is the defenseman reaching in with a stick as the shot is taken. Managing that is part of the lessons that Holtby shares in his Pro Read breakdown below:
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