No one wants to see a teammate go down with injury, but at least Michal Neuvirth was prepared when Tomas Vokoun left the Washington Capitals’ game in Boston on Thursday night. The 24-year-old goaltender was the second person to know when Vokoun was hurt.
Neuvirth was ready to jump in.
“I took the pregame skate and I obviously knew that Tomas wasn’t a hundred percent,” he said. “But this is hockey, this is sports and that’s why we have three good goalies.”
Neuvirth got the victory in relief, but Braden Holtby had to be prepared, too. Dressed in a suit as one of the scratches in the press box, the 22-year-old left to get down to the dressing room in the event that Neuvirth got hurt.
“It wasn’t that big of a rush, just get down there and be ready if needed,” said Holtby, who admitted being “halfway” dressed during the game. “I was just hanging out with a few guys, trainers and stuff.”
Holtby would only have been allowed into the game as the emergency goalie had Neuvirth been injured, since Vokoun was already incapacitated.
“I really don’t know the rules,” Holtby said. “I just kind of go along as I’m told.”
He’ll go along in the immediate future as one of the Caps’ two healthy goaltenders down the stretch. Read more about that here.