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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Dave Prior
At the moment, there's absolutely no goaltending controversy for the Washington Capitals. But it's not playoff darling Braden Holtby who grabbed a hold of the starting job.
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.
Olie Kolzig's career with the Capitals was marked with a Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. His exit was far more infamous, as Kolzig was caught in a three-goalie carousel in 2008 and left Washington as a free agent that summer.
"He's never given me reason to ever doubt him, which is why I've always believed in him," goaltending coach Dave Prior said. "I only see the real exceptional side of Michal."
"I told him after last year's playoffs, I don't think our other goalies could have done the job any better than he did," said Dave Prior, the Caps' goaltending coach. "He's a presence in the goal, shows a lot of confidence. He took a big step last year in his discipline, in playing more structured than he has. We want to make sure that continues."