The Washington Times - October 15, 2011, 05:50PM

When the Capitals stepped onto the ice for Saturday’s morning skate, the only goaltenders were Tomas Vokoun and recently recalled Dany Sabourin. The expectation had been for Michal Neuvirth (lower-body injury) to practice.

He lived up to that expectation as practice was winding down, joining the other two goalies to stretch. Then, Neuvirth spent over an hour on the ice taking shots and working with goaltending coach Dave Prior.

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Neuvirth, who was not made available to speak to reporters after skating for the first time in four days, moved gingerly early on but appeared to find a groove.

“He felt a lot better today,” coach Bruce Boudreau said Saturday afternoon. “He was tentative at the beginning, but you always are. And then at the end of practice I talked to him and he said as soon as he loosened up he felt a lot better.”

Neuvirth shined in his only performance this season, beating the Hurricanes in overtime in the season opener.