It was a rough week for Michal Neuvirth and his adventures with a frozen rubber disc.
The 24-year-old Washington Capitals goaltender wasn’t bad in net: He went 2-0-0 in three appearances with a 2.42 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. But he took a beating along the way.
At the morning skate in Boston on Thursday, he wasn’t even preparing to start and took a shot to the Adam’s Apple from teammate Marcus Johansson. Neuvirth went down in a heap and was in pain but never left the ice and reported being all right.
Thursday night, he turned aside 19 of 21 shots to beat the Bruins in a shootout.
Then came Saturday night, when Neuvirth went down to the ice after taking a shot up high.
“It hit me right in the forehead. But actually that first one in the first period, I took one on the collarbone,” Neuvirth said. “That was more painful than the other one.”
Neuvirth beat the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout Saturday, shaking it all off.
“It obviously hurts, but it’s part of the job,” he said. “You’ve got to handle it as a goalie.”