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Pro Hockey: Caps’ Neuvirth may be lost for postseason
Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth left the team’s 4–2 win over Florida on Thursday with an undisclosed left leg injury, and his status for the playoffs appears uncertain.
Coach Dale Hunter would only offer after the game that Neuvirth, making his third consecutive start, was day to day with a “lower body” injury and would be evaluated again today.
Florida winger Marco Sturm fell on Neuvirth’s left leg when he was down in the butterfly position 5:39 into the second period. Neuvirth’s knee bent at an awkward angle, and after remaining down on the ice for an extended period of time, he was helped off and through the tunnel, not putting any weight on the leg.
Neuvirth was in net with starter Tomas Vokoun out because of a groin injury. Vokoun missed eight of the previous nine games, playing only at Boston on March 29—a game he left late in the first period after aggravating the muscle.
Rookie Braden Holtby entered after Neuvirth and stopped 12 of 14 shots. Danny Sabourin would presumably be the Capitals’ next option; he was with the team for four games in October but spent the rest of the season in the minor leagues.
The Capitals clinched the playoff berth Thursday with the combination of their victory and Buffalo’s loss at Philadelphia.