I was noticing that earlier in the year - he wasn't doing that in the playoffs last year was he?
He did. He has always played that way. He is over-agressive and overplays the shot when moving from side to side. Often times, when the puck is in the net, you'll find Holtby almost completely out of his crease at the side of the net, having thrown himself out of position during the save attempt. The more you look for it, the more you see it, the more you can't believe it.
The thing was, during the playoffs, the Caps were playing #hunterhockey, and both defensemen were constantly patrolling the front of the net, boxing out forwards and chipping away rebounds. Holtby owes a MAJOR portion of his playoff run to #hunterhockey and his defense--which bailed him out time after time, bad rebound after bad rebound.