Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth was expected to play his eighth game of the season on Black Friday, but that did not happen. Neuvirth suffered an injury while skating out to the ice during warm-ups.
Speaking with Caps goaltending coach Olie Kolzig at the bench, Neuvirth pointed to his right knee. He was then helped off the ice and into the locker room, favoring his left leg.
With the injury, Braden Holtby becamethe Capitals’ starting goalie against the Montreal Canadiens. Caps video coach Brett Leonhardt took the back-up slot– just like he did back in December 2008.
During the first period, CSN’s Al Koken reported that Leonhardt would only join the team on the bench unless he is needed, as he has to fulfill his existing duties working video.
Ken Sabourin tells @CapitalsRadio that emergency backup G, video coach Brett Leonhardt, is in uniform in the room, doing his video job
— Ben Raby (@BenRaby31) November 29, 2013