Over the weekend, while discussing Michal Neuvirth’s back-to-back shutouts in his second and third games as a Philadelphia Flyer, a co-worker wondered how long it might be before Neuvirth suffered an injury to kill the positive buzz surrounding him.
It happened Wednesday night when Neuvirth left the Flyers’ 5-4 overtime victory in Boston.
Making his fourth start of the season in relief of starter Steve Mason, who had played the night before against Dallas, Neuvirth allowed two goals in the first period, ending a shutout string of 145 minutes, before suffering what the team called an upper body injury.
Neuvirth did not return for the second period and was replaced by Mason.
Caps fans will recall this being an unfortunate but common occurrence for Neuvirth, who repeatedly got injured when given the chance to assume starting roles with the Caps.
Neuvirth’s most infamous injury came nearly two seasons ago when he sat out a scheduled start against the Montreal Canadiens after stepping on a puck and injuring his groin in pregame warmups.
Neuvirth also missed a scheduled start in Philadelphia on April 1, 2013 after taking an Alex Ovechkin slap shot off the mask in practice, opening the door for a Philipp Grubauer recall from Hershey.
Perhaps Neuvirth’s biggest missed opportunity came In April of 2012 when was tabbed as the Caps’ playoff starter because of a season-ending groin injury to Tomas Vokoun. But Neuvirth was injured in a game against the Florida Panthers when Marco Sturm fell on his leg in a goal mouth scramble.
That opened the door for Braden Holtbny, who led the Caps to a seven-game victory over the Boston Bruins and earned himself a full-time job as the Caps’ No. 1 goalie, one he has never relinquished.
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Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!
It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.
Heck, they even have uniforms!
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But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.
If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.
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Friday featured Dmitry Orlov and his jam-packed schedule with the coveted Stanley Cup.
The 27-year-old native of Russia decided to take the Cup to Novokuznetsk (located in the southwest region of Siberia) for a meet and greet with fans by the Ferris wheel at Gagarin City Park.
It should be mentioned that Orlov's day with the trophy was nearly derailed after a travel glitch that sent the Cup to Novosibirsk instead of his hometown.
Thanks to the ultimate assist from a helicopter, the Cup arrived in style and set up one memorable entrance for the defenseman.
Orlov released this hype video which highlights his entire day on Instagram:
Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!
Talk about a banner weekend for the Washington Capitals. The Ovechkins welcomed their new son, Sergei Aleksandrovich, into the world and Orlov pulled off yet another spectacular day with the Cup.
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