The Washington Capitals Have a Big Playoff Question to Answer: Who’s in Goal?

April 1st, 2010 by Jonathan Weiss Leave a reply »

Just a few weeks ago, it seemed clear that Jose Theodore had seized the number one goalie role for the Washington Capitals. 

As recently as March 22nd, the Washington Post blog “Capitals Insider” reported:

“Jose Theodore has been playing so well of late that he's making Coach Bruce Boudreau's decision as to whether he would be the team's No. 1 goaltender all but a foregone conclusion.”

From January 13th to March 24th, Theodore was on a tear, going 19 games without a regulation loss, the longest such streak in Caps history and the best for any NHL net-minder in a decade. 

Over that 10 week period, Theodore had a 2.42 goals against average and a .927 save percentage.

Meanwhile, Semyon Varlamov, the surprise sensation of last year’s playoffs, was having his difficulties. 

After compiling an awesome 12-1-2 record in his first 16 appearances, Varlamov was sidelined with a series of injuries that came on the h ...

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