Washington Capitals: Competition in Net Taking Shape

November 9th, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
The Washington Capitals look like they may be facing a dilemma that many other NHL teams wish they had. With Semyon Varlamov getting ready to return, the Caps have three NHL-calibre goaltenders.

Michal Neuvirth has played the bulk of the games for the Capitals and has an 8-3 record to go with a 2.41 goals against average. Neuvirth has been very solid in net so far this season, but he was pulled in a game on Friday night against the Boston Bruins after allowing two quick goals.  Braden Holtby was put in net for his first NHL ice time.

Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau must have liked what he saw from the young netminder because he gave him the start on Sunday when the Caps faced the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers were one of the hottest teams in the NHL, coming into the Capitals' home building on a six-game winning streak.

Holtby handled himself well in his first full NHL game, stopping 23 of 25 shots and coming away with the win after Mike Green scored in overtime.

The Capitals play the New York Rangers tonight and it appears that Neuvirth will be back in net for the game.

Varlamov, rehabbing a groin injury that has ...

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