Goaltender Michal Neuvirth was smiling while sitting at his locker, almost for the first time since returning to North America. First he got the flu, then he watched as Braden Holtby started the first two games of the Washington Capitals‘ season.
“I feel cold, but, you know, this is [the] job I picked and I got to handle it. I’m trying to stay positive and happy,” Neuvirth said. “I felt good during the practice today and I’m ready to go.”
Neuvirth played for HC Sparta Praha in the Czech Extraliga during the NHL lockout. The 24-year-old put up impressive numbers, but goaltending coach Dave Prior noticed something off in Neuvirth’s game as soon as training camp began.
He said the key will be focusing for 60 minutes.
“Every game is a different. You always try to focus on yourself,” Neuvirth said. “The job is simple: just stop pucks.”
Carlson lacking ‘focus’?
Defenseman John Carlson had a penalty and a couple of other mistakes that led to goals in Tuesday’s loss to the Winnipeg Jets. On Wednesday, he offered some self-criticism.
“It wasn’t my best, but it’s not the end of the world,” Carlson said. “We’re in Game 2 and I think me and Karl [Alzner] both felt that we didn’t really do all that we could out there.”
First-year coach Adam Oates benched Marcus Johansson for the final 19 minutes Tuesday, saying the speedy winger wasn’t skating.View Entire Story
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