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Capitals’ Backup Goaltender Can’t Win Second Game Of Back-To-Backs

from  Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

Philipp Grubauer approached the semi-circle of reporters, taking his last sip of Gatorade before firmly setting it down in a locker stall. The frustration was evident and understandable. He decided not to bother beating around the bush.

“I’m sick of [expletive] losing,” he said.

Every time the Washington Capitals have played a second game in as many nights this season, Grubauer has been the starting goaltender. The result has been four losses, the latest of which was Tuesday night’s 3-1 decision against the Buffalo Sabres. In those four losses, Washington (8-7-1) has managed just five goals, never playing with a lead and not giving Grubauer much of a chance.

“I don’t know what to tell you,” Grubauer said. “. . . It’s all I can do, worry about the puck and stop the next puck and give the guys a chance to win and go from situation to situation.”

continue for more on Washington's loss to Buffalo.

Game highlights are below...

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Just goes to show how important a backup goaltender can be. With a strong starter the backup can still have 20 starts. That’s potentially 40 points on the line. If he can only win half of his starts, those lost 20 points can be a huge difference in the standings.

Posted by evileye on 11/09/17 at 10:56 AM ET


Have to be a pretty strong back-up to be winning when your team is only scoring 1 goal though.

Posted by EthrDemon on 11/09/17 at 05:50 PM ET

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