Capitals

Capitals

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.

RELATED: SIX TIMES JOHN TORTORELLA WAS THE WORST

"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. 

 

SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE FOR THE CAPS-BLUE JACKETS SERIES HERE