Just when it seemed last week that the Washington Capitals would hand the reins over to veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun, he got hurt again. It became Michal Neuvirth’s show at that point, though things took a devastating turn in the second period Thursday against the Florida Panthers.
Neuvirth had already made 13 saves and arguably been the Caps’ best player on the ice when ex-teammate Marco Sturm fell on the 24-year-old goalie as he was in the butterfly. Neuvirth’s left leg or knee appeared to take the worst of the impact.
Neuvirth remained on the ice and was attended to before needing help to glide to the bench. He was not putting any weight on his left leg. He did not return.
Braden Holtby entered the game with 14:21 left in the second to loud cheers. It was his first appearance since getting lit up by the Buffalo Sabres last week, and he made 12 saves to pick up the victory.
But the concern remains about Neuvirth, whom coach Dale Hunter called “day-to-day” with a lower body injury.
“We don’t know much right now,” Hunter said. “We don’t know nothing until tomorrow.”
Dany Sabourin is the next option to be recalled, thought it’s possible that doesn’t happen until Saturday. Sabourin is starring for the Hershey Bears and is the only goaltender on the roster not on an amateur tryout agreement.