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The Washington Capitals will very likely ride Tomas Vokoun the rest of the season, putting their playoff hopes on the 35-year-old goaltender's shoulders. But the ride Monday night lasted just over five minutes.
Braden Holtby was 14 hours removed from a nice victory for the Hershey Bears, making 34 saves on 35 shots, when he got the call at 9:30 Monday morning that he was coming up to the Washington Capitals.
The Washington Capitals tried just about everything.
Even now when every Washington Capitals game is televised, players admitted playing in this spotlight was a big deal: On national television, against the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers, at Madison Square Garden.
Michal Neuvirth thought there was a chance he could start Sunday afternoon at the New York Rangers, even though Tomas Vokoun was set to start for the Washington Capitals in such a marquee matchup.
It's a 50-50 chance for Dale Hunter to pick a goaltender and get second-guessed. Tomas Vokoun established himself as the Washington Capitals' No. 1 guy over the past month, but it was Michal Neuvirth who got the call Wednesday night for the biggest game in a while, a road showdown with the Florida Panthers.
Brooks Laich sat at his locker alone in the visiting dressing room at Consol Energy Center, head in his hands.
Before talking to reporters Wednesday night at Bell Centre, Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich went over to Michal Neuvirth and shook his hand. Despite being outshot for the seventh straight game, the Caps cruised to a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens, thanks to the goaltender.
It's funny what a little fresh, cold Canadian air can do to a Washington Capitals team that has struggled so mightily on the road this season.