WASHINGTON -- Even if Washington Capitals Michal Neuvirth’s defense blocked just one less shot than he did in the Caps’ 2-0 victory over the Rangers in Game 2 of the first-round series, it looks like the rookie from the Czech Republic has settled in quite nicely.
He was tested early as the Rangers put 13 shots on net, although none took acrobatics to stop. He turned away Marian Gaborik off a turnover in the neautral zone with five minutes left in the first and then held his line as Brian Boyle came off the boards on the power play later in the period.
“He’s been steady,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He doesn’t seem to be rattled. At the same time, (backup Semyon Varlamov) doesn’t get rattled either. They guys are protecting him pretty well. He’s making the saves he supposed to be making It’s just stuff we expect out of him.”
Including his 22-save shutout Friday, Neuvirth has stopped 46 of 47 chances.
“We got a lot of shots early in the game . . . and I felt pretty good,” Neuvirth said. “We didn’t give up any big scoring chances. That was a solid team effort tonight.”
--- A.J. Perez