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by Paul on 03/29/12 at 12:53 PM ET
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
While each team in a playoff position in the Eastern Conference has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, nearly all of them have one thing in common – a go-to option in net.
But with five games remaining in the regular season and a trip to the postseason on the line, the Capitals don’t have the luxury of a clear-cut top goaltender. Instead, they have a three-headed monster, with veteran Tomas Vokoun, 24-year-old Michal Neuvirth and 22-year-old rookie Braden Holtby.
Over the 14 games in March, Washington has used all three but none has established consistency and a rhythm over the course of successive games. A strong performance one night hasn’t guaranteed one the next and there’s little reason to believe one netminder holds a secure advantage over any other for the chance to play in these remaining contests.
Coach Dale Hunter doesn’t look at having three goaltenders with no go-to guy as a bad thing for the Capitals.
“When you have three,” Hunter said. “It’s better than having no goalies ready to play. This way I have three goalies that did well and now it’s up to me to make the right call for who I put in.”
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