Why Jose Theodore Is the Washington Capitals’ Playoff Answer

March 26th, 2010 by Sam Snyder Leave a reply »
Journeyman goaltender and former NHL MVP Jose Theodore has finally emerged as the playoff answer for the Caps in goal.

After winning the MVP award with Montreal in 2002, Theodore was traded to Colorado following a drug controversy and NHL lockout.

After two years in Colorado, Theodore was traded to the Washington Capitals. Last season, 2008-09, Theodore was the primary starter. However, in the playoffs last year, Theodore was pulled after a poor performance in Game One against the Rangers in favor of then-rookie Semyon Varlamov.

This year, Theodore and Varlamov have battled it out to see who will be the primary starter as the playoffs get closer. With Theodore's great performance in key games and Varlamov's recent struggles, Theodore has pulled away in the competition.

This was furthered by his brilliant performance against Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Theodore had 33 saves and a .971 save percentage and only let in one goal.

Theodore has performed exceptionally in big games as well, showing he can play under the pressure that cracked him last year. He had a season-high 46 saves in a 3-2 win over Detroit. He made 38 saves ...

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