Braden Holtby was pulled for the first time in his career Wednesday night against Philadelphia, but entering Saturday afternoon’s tilt at the Winnipeg Jets, he felt confident a better performance was in the offing.

“I just tried to relax, I’ve always seen the puck well in this rink — I don’t know why, [but] going back to the AHL,” Holtby said. “So I was confident coming in that it was going to be a better game, I was going to be able to battle for some shots. Our team played a great game in front of me.”

Holtby finished with 35 saves in the Capitals’ 3-0 win over Winnipeg for his third shutout in the past nine games and the sixth of his career. For those keeping track at home, Holtby has stopped 256 of the 274 shots he’s faced during the course of these nine consecutive starts for a .934 save percentage.

The 23-year-old netminder made it clear, though, that this shutout was just as much a product of his teammates efforts to limit the Jets to perimeter shots as it was him stopping the puck.