Washington Capitals’ Michal Neuvirth: A Starting Goaltender Emerging in Net

November 1st, 2010 by Ryan Davenport Leave a reply »
After 11 games, the Washington Capitals have been one of the most consistently inconsistent teams on a nightly basis.  

They have horrible periods of play followed by brilliant ones, like on Saturday night when the Capitals poured seven unanswered goals in Calgary en route to a 7-2 win.   Through all this, only one thing has remained steady: the goaltending of rookie Michal Neuvirth.  

Entering the season, most writers (including this one) saw the Capitals goaltending situation to be a fiercely contested battle between two young, promising goalies. 

Semyon Varlamov, once believed to be the front runner for the job, has been plagued by injuries and, in his absence, Neuvirth has excelled.  

Neuvirth's efforts have often masked the poor defensive play of the Capitals, and has been the team's most valuable player on most nights.  

Since giving up four goals to Atlanta in the season opener, he has given up more than two goals on only one occasion, surrendering three in a 4-3 win over the Thrashers.  

The Capitals have been able to maintain a relatively impressive 7-4 record l ...

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