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Capitals Win 2016-17 William M. Jennings Trophy

April 10, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Capitals won the 2016-17 William M. Jennings Trophy, an annual award given to the goalkeeper(s) for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer combined to allow just 182 goals this season, marking the fewest goals against in an 82-game season in Capitals history. This season marks the second time Washington has won the Jennings Trophy (1983-84: Al Jensen and Pat Riggin).

Holtby (9) and Grubauer (3) combined to register 12 shutouts this season, marking the most shutouts in a season in Capitals history. Washington is just the fifth team in the last 15 seasons (2001-17) to post 12 or more shutouts in a season and the first to do so since Los Angeles posted 13 shutouts in 2013-14. In addition, this season marked the third time in franchise history two goaltenders have recorded three or more shutouts, joining 1983-84 (Al Jensen: 4, Pat Riggin: 4) and 2011-12 (Tomas Vokoun: 4, Michal Neuvirth: 3). The Capitals recorded four shutouts from Jan. 5 to Jan. 15, marking the first time in franchise history Washington posted four shutouts in a six-game span and Washington did not allow an even-strength goal from Jan. 3 to Jan. 16, a span of 395:42. Capitals goaltenders led the NHL in goals-against average (2.14) and shutouts (12) this season and ranked tied for first in save percentage (.922).

Holtby led the NHL in shutouts (9) this season, ranked tied for first in wins (42), second in goals-against average (2.07) and fourth in save percentage (.925). He is one of two goaltenders to rank in the top-five in the NHL in wins, shutouts, goals-against average and save percentage this season (Sergei Bobrovsky). He allowed two goals or fewer in 42 of his 63 games this season and posted a 33-3-6 record in those games. Holtby’s 42 wins this season are the second-most in Capitals history and he has posted three of the top-four winningest seasons by a goaltender in franchise history. Holtby has posted 40-wins in three consecutive seasons (2014-15: 41, 2015-16: 48), joining Martin Brodeur (2005-08) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007-10) as the only goaltenders in NHL history to record three straight 40-win seasons. In addition, Holtby won a franchise-record 27 home games this season.

Grubauer ranked second in the NHL in goals-against average (2.04) and tied for fourth in save percentage (.926) this season (min. 20 GP). Grubauer is just the 11th goaltender in franchise history to record three or more shutouts in a season and is the first Capitals goaltender other than Holtby to post three or more shutouts in a season since Tomas Vokoun (4) and Michal Neuvirth (3) during the 2011-12 season.