In the past, Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau would respond to NHL Playoffs adversity by switching goaltenders. That will not happen in 2011, though, despite the Capitals facing a 2-0 hole against the Tampa Bay Lightning. At the team's morning skate before a pivotal Game 3 on Tuesday, Boudreau told reporters that Michal Neuvirth will remain the starting goalie.
Via Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times:
Michal Neuvirth will be in nets for the Capitals at St. Pete Times Forum. Boudreau named Neuvirth the starter Tuesday morning and said he hadn't contemplated a goalie change.
"We're very comfortable with him," Boudreau said. "You look at the goals that have been scored - there's not much he can do about them."
There were some eyebrows raised when reporters noticed that Boudreau called Semyon Varlamov into his office for a meeting, but as it turned out, it was just a routine meeting, nothing more. Neuvirth has been solid all postseason, so a goalie change probably wouldn't have made a ton of sense anyway.