After dropping a home-and-home against the Bruins last week, the Capitals have won two straight games, including Wednesday's night's 3-0 win against the Hurricanes. The Capitals have been talking a lot about wanting to play a complete game, something they say they hadn't done until Wednesday.
"I thought that was easily our most complete game," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau told The Washington Post. "You get contributions from your fourth line, the penalty kill; I thought the goaltender was great and everybody did a good job."
How about that goaltender? Rookie Michal Neuvirth stopped all 29 shots he faced against the Hurricanes to earn his first NHL shutout. Neuvirth's strong play this season -- he is 6-2 with a 2.18 GAA and .929 save percentage -- has given him the leg up in the goaltending battle with Semyon Varlamov. Injuries to Varlamov opened up the crease for Neuvirth, and he has capitalized.
"I don't know if he's getting better," Boudreau told The Washington Post about Neuvirth's early-season play. "I just think people are starting to realize that you don't win the Calder Cup two years in a row as a 20 year-old without being a pretty good goaltender."
The Capitals, who trail the high-scoring Lightning by a point in the Southeast Division, travel to Minnesota on Thursday night then Calgary on Saturday.
One more Neuvirth nugget: Check out this spectacular save he made on Eric Staal on Wednesday: