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Barry Trotz does not commit to Philipp Grubauer as the starter for Game 2

Barry Trotz does not commit to Philipp Grubauer as the starter for Game 2

Philipp Grubauer's play down the stretch of the regular season earned him the start in Game 1 of the Capitals' playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It remains to be seen, however, if his play earned the start in Game 2.

Grubauer gave up four goals on 27 shots in the Capitals' 4-3 overtime loss in Game 1 on Thursday. Following the loss, head coach Barry Trotz would not commit to Grubauer as the starter for Sunday's Game 2.

"Philipp's body of work was good," Trotz said.

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"I thought he was fine. We'll sit down, we'll reevaluate all the goals, we'll reevaluate our team and where we're at and we'll go from there."

Grubauer started the season as the backup behind Braden Holtby, but outplayed the 2016 Vezina Trophy winner in the final weeks of the season to earn the Game 1 start.

Trotz's answer appears to at least leave the door open for a possible goalie change in Game 2.

Prior to Thursday's game, Holtby had started in all but one of the Capitals' playoff games since 2012 and currently boasts the second-best playoff save percentage (.931) in NHL history.

Game 2 takes place at Capital One Arena on Sunday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. and can be watched on NBC Sports Washington. 

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

The St. Louis Blues won a decisive Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks 5-0, pushing the Sharks to the brink of elimination.

The Blues are now one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final since the 1969-70 season, where they lost to the Boston Bruins in a sweep.

St. Louis started the scoring early when Oskar Sundqvist netted his second goal of the series in the first five minutes of the game. 

Jaden Schwartz then tallied his first goal of the game off a juicy rebound in front of Martin Jones to start the scoring in the second period. It was Schwartz's 10th goal of the playoffs, which tied him for third all-time in Blues history for goals in the postseason.

Vladimir Tarasenko added to the Blues lead off a penalty shot. He's the first player in Blues franchise history to score a penalty shot goal in the playoffs.

Schwartz then added two more goals in the third period for a hat-trick. The first came on a 5-on-3 power play advantage off a scramble in front of the net, and the second came from a backdoor one-timer pass from Tarasenko.

Schwartz now has 12 goals these playoffs, and it's his second hat-trick of the playoffs.

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington recorded 21 saves for a shutout, and he's the first rookie goalie to accomplish that feat for the Blues.

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Sharks with 2-1 win

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Sharks with 2-1 win

The St. Louis Blues' two-goal first period powered them to a win over the San Jose Sharks, and the series is now tied.

The Blues started with a goal 35 seconds into the game. Ivan Barbashev picked off a Brent Burns exit pass and flung it towards the net for the games opening goal. 

Barbashev is the second Blues player to score in the first minute of a game these playoffs. Jaden Schwartz is the other player.

Tyler Bozak scored the game-winning goal for the Blues on a power play off a scramble in front of the net.

The Sharks responded when Thomas Hertl poked the puck past the goal line after Jordan Binnington thought he had the puck covered. Hertl now has 10 goals this postseason for the Sharks, and the team now features 10 or more players to score 10+ goals in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

Binnington's 29 save performance gave him his 10th win of the playoffs, the most of any Blues goaltender in franchise history.

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