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.
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.