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Neuvirth to start vs. Montreal

Michal Neuvirth will make his first start of the season against the Canadiens tonight, Coach Bruce Boudreau said.

"He had a great training camp and then got hurt," Boudreau said. "We wanted to see him play."

The 21-year-old's last start in Washington was a 5-2 loss to Carolina March 3. Neuvirth will be backed up Semyon Varlamov.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2009; 5:15 PM ET
 
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His 1st start of the year!

Posted by: bryaningrocery | November 20, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Well, it appears that Jose is out for tomorrow and Bruce is betting on the home ice to help Neuvirth with the task at hand. It's clear as well that BB is not comfortable yet with Varly in back-to-back games.

Posted by: eyechip | November 20, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Woo! Go Michal! <3

Posted by: irockthered | November 20, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, that was sudden.

Posted by: superpaqman | November 20, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

from previous thread:

atybat:
Daigle...that brings back memories... At the end of my playing days, one night, I was hanging out with Alexandre Daigle and Eric Daze (he was the best man at my brother's wedding) in a bar in Ottawa right after a game Chicago-Ottawa.

Daze took a cab for Montreal (Chicago was playing the Habs the next day) and Alexandre missed his plane to Carolina

lots of clues in here:
* daigle (ott) and daze (chi) had crossover years on those teams from 93-94 -> 97-98
* carolina's first year was 97-98
* so i'm guessing the end your playing days (nhl?) was near this time.
* for the 97-98 season chi only played at ottawa once, 11/29/97 - the chi->mon and ott->car games don't fit this date.

please give me a little more to go on and i'll do some more research

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 20, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Based on Boudreau's comments this morning, it sounds like they are planning on sending Neuvirth back down tomorrow so they want to get him a game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

YES!! Thats great for neuvy.I said it before and i'll say it again,i think neuvy will one day be our #1 guy.He has such good poise and confidence in net.He'll be a star in the NHL whether its here or with another team.but i sure hope its here.GO NEUVY,GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | November 20, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

you would think it would be better for Neuvy to make his first start of the year in Toronto tomorrow night instead tonight of at home where there will be more pressure but hope he does well.

Posted by: joek443 | November 20, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

This will be fun. The Caps seem to be truly loaded in goal for the future, with Varly, Neuvirth, Holtby, and even the kid Dan Dunn at St. Cloud State. I watched him beat North Dakota (ranked #2) last weekend almost singlehandedly.

Posted by: Kirg | November 20, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

rachel216 will be thrilled. I'm looking forward to seeing how he does tonight myself. I'm glad he's getting a game before he goes back to Hershey (I think you're absolutely right about that, tmac). We're really lucky to have such depth in goal.

GO CAPS!!!

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Posted by: deadskin | November 20, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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