Capitals video coach Brett Leonhardt dresses as backup following Neuvirth injury

Nov 29, 6:20 PM

When Washington Capitals goaltender Michael Neuvirth was injured before a scheduled start against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday afternoon, the Capitals had to scramble to find a goaltender to backup Braden Holtby. 

Ultimately they were forced to turn to their Video Coach, 31-year-old Brett Leonhardt:

This is actually the second time the 6,7 Leonhardt, a former Div. III college goaltender, has been forced into action as the Capitals backup. Back in 2008 Leonhardt dressed as a backup following a Jose Theodore injury during a morning skate.

Dec 12, 2:44 PM

Capitals G Michal Neuvirth loaned to Hershey for conditioning

Dec 12, 2:44 PM

Sidelined since Dec. 2 with a leg injury, Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth will work his way back into the lineup via a conditioning stint in the AHL.

Neuvirth spent parts of two seasons with the Hershey Bears early in his career, helping the team to back-to-back Calder Cups. He's expected to start Friday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 

Prior to the injury, Neuvirth had posted a record of 2-3-1 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.83 goals-against average.

Dec 8, 6:37 PM

Capitals G Philipp Grubauer to make 2nd career start Sunday vs. Rangers

Dec 8, 6:37 PM

22-year-old German born rookie netminder Philipp Grubauer will make his second career start for the Washington Capitals on Sunday night. 

From Dumpnchase.com's Mike Vogel:

Dec 2, 10:41 AM

Capitals G Michal Neuvirth placed on injured reserve with leg injury

Dec 2, 10:41 AM

The Washington Capitals have placed goaltender Michal Neuvirth on injured reserve with an injury to his right leg, as per Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.

Nuevirth was injured after stepping on a puck prior to a scheduled start on Nov. 29. The recently recalled Philipp Grubauer will continue to serve as Braden Holtby's backup in Neuvirth's absence.

In seven appearances this season, Neuvirth had posted a record of 2-3-1 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.83 goals-against average.

Nov 30, 10:27 AM

Capitals recall G Philipp Grubauer after injury to Nuevirth

Nov 30, 10:27 AM

Reinforcements are on the way for the Washington Capitals, as goaltender Philipp Grubauer has been called up from Hershey (AHL) after Michal Neuvirth suffered an injury prior to Friday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

A fourth round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, the 22-year old has appeared in nine games in the  AHL this season, posting a 4-4-1 record with one shutout, a 2.60 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.

Neuvirth's status has yet to be updated by the team, so there's no telling at this point just how long Grubauer will be up with the big club.

Nov 29, 8:33 PM

Oates confirms Neuvirth stepped on a puck during warm up

Nov 29, 8:33 PM

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates told media Friday that starting goaltender Michal Neuvirth stepped on a puck during warm ups. 

Neuvirth joins a growing line of goaltenders who have become hurt and unable to start their games after warm up. Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding suffered leg spasms in warm up last week, and Anaheim Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth reportedly also stepped on a puck in warm up.

Nov 29, 7:27 PM

PHOTO: Capitals video coach and emergency backup returns to usual job at intermission

Nov 29, 7:27 PM

Capitals video coach and former Div. III goaltender Brett Leonhardt was called into backup duty on Friday night when Michal Neuvirth was injured in warmups. But that didn't mean that Leonhardt didn't have his usual responsibilities to attend to during the intermission.

Here's a photo of Washington's backup on Friday night breaking down video, as he usually would, except while wearing his full uniform and goalie pads:

Sticktap to Eye on Hockey.

Nov 29, 5:04 PM

Capitals' Neuvirth hurt in warm ups, Holtby will start

Nov 29, 5:04 PM

Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth left Friday's pre-game warm ups with a lower-body injury and will not start Friday against the Montreal Canadiens as expected.

A spokesperson for the Capitals said Neuvirth's injury is not the same one that kept him out of practice earlier in the week.