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Neuvirth could be back for part of series against Bruins

Apr 10, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

Michal Neuvirth AP

The Washington Capitals might not have to go their entire first-round series against Boston with rookie Braden Holtby in net.

Chuck Gormley of reports that both Michal Neuvirth and Tomas Vokoun hit the ice today, though neither goalie is expected to play Thursday in Game 1.

According to Gormley, Neuvirth (lower body) “appears to be farther ahead and more likely to dress in the series.” That said, he only took a few shots before watching the rest of the practice from the bench.

Vokoun, meanwhile, is being extra cautious with a groin injury that he originally suffered in February and aggravated on March 29.

“I’m trying to get it 100 percent so that when I do play I don’t have to worry about re-injuring it,” Vokoun said. “I found out the hard way you can’t hurry something like that. I never had an injury like that before and I mismanaged it from my point of view.

“It might be fine for the first five saves, but after that when you get tired you lose strength in it and you can re-injure it.”

  1. stunzeed5 - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Holtby has looked REALLY good this and last season…..but…..playoffs are a different animal; I hope he’s up to the task. I’m a huge Caps fan so I’m throwing all my hope on Holtby because Neuvy and Vokoun are just too oft-injured. LET’S GO CAPS.

  2. Hound Dog26 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Goal tending injuries seem to be the norm with this team. Varlamov – Vokoun – Neuvirth. They will need Patrick Roy play out of Holtby to go deep this year.

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