Michael Neuvirth Earns 4th Shutout to Get Washington Capitals Back on Track

March 18th, 2011 by Alan Zlotorzynski Leave a reply »
Stop the season and let the playoffs begin.

Last night, Michael Neuvirth earned his fourth shutout of the season and his young career, leading the Washington capitals to a 3-0 victory over the surging but desperate New Jersey Devils.

The four shutouts are now tops among all rookie goalies in the NHL, as the 22-year-old Neuvirth now seems the likely choice to begin the post-season as Washington’s starter.

Neuvirth and his left catching glove were outstanding in a 33-save performance that helped propel the Caps to their 12th win in their last 14 games.

Washington is now tied atop the NHL's eastern conference with the Philadelphia Flyers with 94 points.

Neuvirth entered the contest undefeated in three career starts against the Devils, with a stingy goals against average of 1.33 and .960 save percentage. Neuvirth's defense played solid in front of him, especially his penalty killers.

Washington did not receive a power play in the contest but killed off four New Jersey power plays, including a double minor to Matt Hendricks for high sticking.

Many of the 33 shots Neuvirth faced ...

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