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Michal Neuvirth never saw the shot coming. It was the morning skate Oct. 10, and the goaltender was already set to ride the bench that night against the Tampa Bay Lightning when a puck flew in from the corner and clipped his right foot awkwardly.
Five times in seven games the Washington Capitals faced backup goaltenders. Three times in seven games the Caps faced a team that played the night before and needed to fly to Washington late.
Alex Ovechkin saw a big swath of white netting. When the puck fluttered onto his stick, he slammed it home and proceeded to celebrate with the full Wayne Gretzky fist pump.
So much for drama.
Tomas Vokoun's first shutout with the Capitals was quite unlike the six he had last season with the Florida Panthers — the team he and his Washington teammates beat Tuesday night.
Bruce Boudreau didn't really want to talk about it. He and the Capitals were one win away from the first five-game winning streak to start the season in the 37-season history of the franchise.
It was a simple question asked of Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz, who had Tomas Vokoun as a goaltender for eight seasons: Did facing a ton of shots take a toll?
Michael Neuvirth, dealing with a bruised right foot suffered from taking a shot in pregame warmups on Oct. 10, left practice Monday after just a few minutes.
When the Washington Capitals finished off the Ottawa Senators for a 2-1 victory Saturday night, they were alone atop the NHL in one respect.