- Michal Neuvirth, caught in no-man's land on Lucic's first period goal. He would later leave the game with an illness (Photo: Associated Press)
UPDATE-8:30 P.M.- The Capitals have just announced that Michal Neuvirth was pulled from tonight's game because he is suffering from the flu. So, there you have it.
Original Story-The pattern of slow starts continued for the Washington Capitals, as they've conceded the opening goal for the fourth time in the six games they've played this season, and trail the Boston Bruins 2-0 after one period of play.
The Verizon Center was close to full and was jumping tonight for the visit of the Boston Bruins, but the team did not reward the crowd's enthusiasm, as they started slowly once again.
The Bruins scored the first goal of the game at 9:12 of the first period, as too many Capitals were caught in their offensive zone. That created a 2-on-1 with Nathan Horton and David Krejci bearing down on Tyler Sloan. Horton slid the puck across to Krejci, who made no mistake from close range to make it 1-0 Boston.
A second Boston goal came just 2:45 later, as defenseman Johnny Boychuck worked his way down the right-hand wall, and fired a shot that went off the pads of Michal Neuvirth. The Czech netminder was unable to control the rebound, which went right to the stick of big Milan Lucic. Lucic also made no mistake, backhanding the puck past a sprawling Neuvirth into an open net.
That was to be the last shot Neuvirth saw, as he was pulled 45 seconds later by Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, and Semyon Varlamov was brought in for his first action of the regular season. The Russian netminder stopped the only shot he saw.
As expected, Mike Green was scratched from tonight's game with a stinger, while Boyd Gordon was a healthy scratch. Matt Bradley is missing his third consecutive game for the Capitals with a lower body injury.