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Capitals replace Holtby in goal for 3rd period of Game 2

  • Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) reaches for the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) during the third period of Game 1 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. At front is Capitals defenseman John Carlson. The Penguins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) reaches for the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) during the third period of Game 1 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. At front is Capitals defenseman John Carlson. The Penguins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, right, looks on from the bench next to defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9), of Russia, during the third period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Washington. Holtby was pulled from the game after the second period. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, right, looks on from the bench next to defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9), of Russia, during the third period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Washington. Holtby was pulled from the game after the second period. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel (81) celebrates his goal with center Jake Guentzel (59) and Sidney Crosby (87) during the third period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer (31), of Germany, Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel (81) celebrates his goal with center Jake Guentzel (59) and Sidney Crosby (87) during the third period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer (31), of Germany, Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby was yanked out of the Washington Capitals' net during Game 2 of their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, replaced in goal by Philipp Grubauer to start the third period Saturday night.

The Capitals began the final period trailing 3-1 after Holtby allowed three goals in the second. Things did not get much better with Grubauer back there: He allowed a goal on the second shot he faced, and another on the fourth, making Pittsburgh's advantage 5-2.

Pittsburgh already won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series 3-2 at Washington on Thursday.

Holtby won the Vezina as the NHL's top goaltender last year and is one of three finalists this season.

In these playoffs, Holtby has a .911 save percentage and 2.62 goals-against average.

Holtby tied for the league lead with 42 wins for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals this season, becoming only the third goaltender in NHL history to record at least 40 in three consecutive years.

Holtby ranked second with a 2.07 GAA and fourth with a .925 save percentage.

Grubauer had 13 wins and a 2.04 GAA as the primary backup. Two years ago for the Capitals, he became the first German-born goalie to start an NHL playoff game.