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Michal Neuvirth appears set to start tonight

One night after the Caps' season-opening loss in Atlanta, it looks like goalie Michal Neuvirth will get his second straight start in tonight's home opener against the Devils.

"He played good," a grumpy Coach Bruce Boudreau said this morning. "Sometimes you play good and you don't get rewarded. Your save percentage looks crappy, your goals against looks crappy. But he held us in and made some really good saves."

Neuvirth overcame seeing his "good friend" and fellow countryman Ondrej Pavelec collapse less than three minutes into the game. He finished with 27 stops in a miscue-riddled 4-2 defeat.

I've got to imagine that Neuvirth will face workhorse Martin Brodeur tonight. Brodeur made 24 saves in the Devils' 4-3 loss to the Stars at Prudential Center last night.

By Tarik El-Bashir  | October 9, 2010; 10:33 AM ET
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth  
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Welcome back Tarik! We miss you!

Posted by: oviewanknows | October 9, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

C'mon, Tarik. Don't duck the question. What happened with you and Neuvirth last season? Why did you this about him in June?

"there are a few question marks there in terms of attitude and work ethic, and a few things that, you know... I mean, there are some concerns there."

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

You have to do more than wear a t-shirt that says your angry, they looked like prima-donna's. Although that first goal was a beauty, very prima donna like, it will not win in the playoffs. Get focused and get angry.

Posted by: tomdchancar | October 9, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Dress D.J King Kong and get this party started. I want to see someone who is not afraid t take it on the chin for his paycheck.

Posted by: SA-Town | October 9, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

You'll see a lot of beauties when players get wide open shots from that part of the ice. Fleischmann is a non-center trying to play center. That was nothing short of a horrible giveaway.

He has good vision and passing skills. That's always been the case. He's good enough in those areas. The problem is everything else that it takes to be a good center at this level. He doesn't have the composure to make good decisions consistently in all 3 zones. He's always been a player that gets jittery at times, whether that's whiffing on pucks in front of the net or the kind of play you saw last night.

He also doesn't have the grit to handle the defensive side of the position. He'll look bad on a nightly basis trying to play in his own end. I'm not even worried about face-offs which is another area he'll likely always struggle in.

Flash is a wing with above average playmaking skills for that position but he does not have the two-way game to play center. You limit his defensive liabilities by keeping him outside.

He actually worked hard last night and aside from the great passing play on the 1st goal, he also worked as hard as he could in other areas. Having said that, he'll still get exposed over time. I doubt this experiment lasts more than 10 games or so.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

they looked mellow last night, OV & Backstrom didn't stand out, like normal.

Posted by: Hattrik | October 9, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Also, Backstrom is the most important player on this team and he probably isn't 100% right now. Once he gets back in form, we'll look better but we're still missing pieces that McPhee failed to address... again.

Once the Flash experiment fails, Johansson isn't ready to pay a 2C. He has the skillset for the position but not the physical maturity or the experience yet. I'm looking forward to his development but it's already enough of a challenge to handle 3C.

McPhee should pat himself on the back for sitting on his hands this summer when any other GM in his position would've been making changes.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

That was nothing short of a horrible giveaway.

Gah, tmac! Did you not see the puck bouncing in front of him before the giveaway? I hate the bad ice excuse more than anyone, but that was an case of bad ice.

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Posted by: ablake70 | October 9, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Tarek put "good friend" in quotes.... was that sarcasm? Your hate for Neurvy is obvious.

No quotes from Nuevy? Was he showering again?

Posted by: will111 | October 9, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

*play 2C

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

No, he was obviously just quoting him but it doesn't seem necessary for those 2 words. Should've left off the quotes.

It would like look like he was being sarcastic or whatever if you hadn't heard Neuvy say it himself.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Tarik's comments about Neuvirth are the reason why we now have a Penguins fan covering CI instead of him.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I don't mind the lose, I mind the lack of passion. They had to wait 6 months after that humiliating Montreal series and this is how they show up? Brutal.

Posted by: will111 | October 9, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

gee, suddenly you went from mr don't say anything bad about the Caps to jumping on the "hater" bandwagon.

quite a quick switch don't you think?

Caps got "outworked" huh? never saw that coming...its just one game though. Plenty more games left in the season to get outworked. Bruce only had what, a whole offseason to get this team ready to come out hard? go back to the ahl bruce. Those players are easier to motivate because they're actually fighting for a paycheck and have something to prove.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 9, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

let me predict what will happen tonight. We'll be embarassed about our effort yesterday and come out hard tonight and then everyone will forget about how the Caps can't maintain a work ethic longer than a 2 game stretch.

We always play our hardest after a loss or two. That's one thing that hasn't changed. But after a win or two...old habits will creep in.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 9, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Those players are easier to motivate because they're actually fighting for a paycheck and have something to prove.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 9, 2010 11:59 AM

i can believe there is some level of truth to this

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 9, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I have missed Tarik. If you did not like the Globe and Mail article, be mad at the person who wrote it. I think it was extremely wrong of Mike and Strech on the Caps Report to identify anyone was the "Washington writers" based upon prior private conversations that occurred prior to the playoffs. I noticed that neither Mike or Stretch said that they were present when Tarik supposedly spoke to the Globe and Mail writer in April or that they in fact heard the word "detest" being said by anyone. Also interesting how they just ignored the part of the article about Caps players confirming it and they did not identify any players. As for the shower thing from a game in Toronto, there were quotes from Neuvy in the Dec. 13, 2009, article on the Caps loss in Toronto. If anything, it is BB's quote about he goaltending in that game that is not complementary. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/12/AR2009121203235.html

Posted by: NovaCath1 | October 9, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

@captian kirk
@Cstanton

Aren't you a McPhee lover. Cstanton has taken a ton of heat all summer. This is how they respond after talking about sleepless nights? Man,did they get outworked and outhustled.

For the first time I think BB is afraid for his job. McPhee is not that blind. He saw how they came out, with their "stay angry" shirts under. I didn't see any anger except out of Erskine. The Knuble interview after the game was mind numbing. These veterans really don't care if they get out worked. Somehow, there was a "Chicago" excuse in there.

BB doesn't have control over this club !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | October 9, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

@will111

Same to you buddy. You've been busten' the haters chops all summer. How much anger did you see out there?

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | October 9, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@hunterforcoach

yes, I think BB should be a little concerned. Hockey coaches - good coaches and bad - almost always hit the end of the road with a team. I think the relationship goes stale and even if the team likes the coach, they can't play for him. I hope it's not the case because I like that the Caps emphasize positive, attacking hockey (and Hanlon was sooo much worse), but if BB has lost the team, or loses the team, he'll be gone.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | October 9, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping Tarik's here to stay for a while. Katie, while I'm sure is a nice person, needs more time on training wheels. Perhaps the Post editors should send her down to that fan blog thing they started. God knows THAT needs help. Maybe Katie can answer that bell; she's clearly in over her head at the top level.

Posted by: capscapscaps2 | October 9, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

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