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Will the Capitals need Neuvirth or Vokoun?

Apr 14, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

Washington goaltenders Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth are steadily recovering from their respective injuries, but with the way Braden Holtby is playing, the Capitals might not need them.

The Boston Bruins had to go to overtime to beat Holtby in Game 1, and then on Saturday, Holtby led the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory in double overtime. He gave a pretty good interview after the contest, which you can check out below:

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Holtby might be the team’s third string goaltender, but he certainly isn’t what you’d expect from one. He’s a top-tier prospect who probably would have battled with Neuvirth for the starting job all season if the Capitals didn’t sign Vokoun. Holtby is someone who has three shutouts in just 18 career NHL regular season starts.

Which leads to a question, if you had to pick just one goaltender for the Capitals to ride out for the rest of the series, who do you think would be their best bet? As good as Holtby has been, do you think he’s better than a healthy Neuvirth or Vokoun in the playoffs?

  1. terriers4 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    I say if Holtby stays hot, then ride the hot hand and keep him in. Better have a hot goalie in net then a guy that has been injured and is just coming back who might be rusty, especially in the playoffs. We will just have to see if he can keep up this all-star performance. I think he can.

  2. HawaiiHockey - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Wow… 40 votes say Holtby. 0 for Neuvirth or Vokoun.

  3. ravenscaps48 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    No.

  4. ray2013 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    At first I was thinking this was a stupid question because you ride a hot goalie. But then when you start thinking about the Blues or the Canucks and the fact that they might switch their goalies (neither have played bad, or been a reason why they lost). It is possible if the Caps go down in the series that at some point they’d want to bring in one of the other two to give the team a boost.

    But after watching Holtby playing like a stud, with the team going toe-to-toe with the reigning champs, I wouldn’t pull him. About the only way I’d bring in one of the others is with an injury. Either that or the wheels fall completely off, which seems much less likely.

  5. phillyphever - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Don’t ruin a good thing, start Holtby. Vokoun’s done (most likely gonna retire) and Neuvirth’s nothing more than a backup goalie.

    • govtminion - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:44 AM

      Vokoun is done in D.C., for sure (one year deal is up), but I don’t see why he would be retiring. Remember, last summer he was the big free-agent prize for goaltending, and while he does have an injured groin right now he’s got an offseason coming up to heal up in. Why retire now?

      • phillyphever - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:35 AM

        1) 36 years old. 2) He’s been going downhill the last 3 years. 3) I really doubts he wants to be a backup.

  6. thaupt94 - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    I like the fact that Holtby isnt letting his stellar performances get to his head, he continues to say that he isnt where he wants to be and i believe any goaltender with that mindset will become an elite player

  7. dcfan4life - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    The most important thing is that Holtby let in a goal that was probably the only mistake of his playoffs in the first overtime loss to the Bruins. He should have saved Kellys shot. But he didn’t lose that game. He kept his head, and again played amazing in this game and the Caps won. Thats what shows me you ride him. That kind of bounce back for a young inexperienced goalie is amazing.

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