The Washington Times - May 3, 2011, 12:44PM

TAMPA, Fla. | There were whispers that Bruce Boudreau would give Semyon Varlamov the start in Game 3 on Tuesday night. Or maybe that was just speculation.

Not going to happen.


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.”

Players were similarly confident in the 23-year-old netminder, who has a 1.77 goals against average and .928 save percentage these playoffs. Neuvirth is not the problem, they said.

It’s important to note that even the goals Neuvirth has given up haven’t been soft ones. In fact, it’s hard to blame him for more than one or two goals since the regular season ended.

“He’s been really good the whole playoffs,” center Marcus Johansson said. “He’s kept us in games and he’s been a very important guy for us. I’m not worried that he won’t continue that.”

Whether he’ll start both sides of this back-to-back might depend on how Game 3 goes, but Neuvirth will get a chance Tuesday to earn another start Wednesday.