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Caps Today, 2/28/13

Today’s Storyline
The Washington Capitals will return to practice on Friday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made his NHL debut last night, stopping all 14 shots he faced in his 25:05 of playing time. Grubauer was recalled Wednesday morning from Hershey after posting a record of 6-4-1 with a 2.10 goals-against average, a .928 save percentage and one shutout (he also combined for second shutout with Dany Sabourin on Jan. 13) in 12 games during his rookie season in the AHL. Grubauer began the 2012-13 season in Reading (ECHL) and was named a starter in the ECHL All-Star Game.

In a span of 52 days, Grubauer went from playing with Reading of the ECHL, to Hershey of the AHL to making his NHL debut last night for the Capitals.

Michal Neuvirth played for South Carolina (ECHL), Hershey and the Capitals in 2008-09 while Braden Holtby played for South Carolina, Hershey and dressed as Washington’s backup goaltender in 2009-10.

Upcoming Media
Tomorrow, 8:25 a.m.: Brooks Laich on The Sports Junkies, FAN 106.7 FM
Tomorrow, 2:45 p.m.: Alan May on Inside the Locker Room, ESPN 980 AM


Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump n’ Chase: Postgame Notebook 2-27-13: Flyers 4, Caps 1 / Holtby Gets Back-to-Back Starts / Caps Recall Goaltender Grubauer From AHL Hershey
Monumental Network: Adam Oates Postgame 2/27/13 / Caps Postgame Locker Room 2/27/13 / Philipp Grubauer 2/27/13 / Adam Oates Pregame 2/27/13 / Two Man Advantage 2/27/13 / Rinkside Update 2/27/13 / Monumental Today – 2/27/13 / Scouting Report: Philadelphia Flyers 2/27/13

Capitals Voice: Your Capitals Minute for Thursday, February 28 / Your Capitals Minute for Wednesday, February 27

Washington Post: Capitals vs. Flyers: Braden Holtby pulled from 4-1 loss as Washington falls flat / Capitals Insider: Sluggish start sets tone for Capitals against Flyers / Capitals Insider: One-timers: Capitals keeping defensemen involved offensively / Capitals Insider: Capitals recall Philipp Grubauer, Michal Neuvirth sick

Washington Times: Capitals run on empty in loss at Flyers / John Erskine packing more than just a punch this season / Capitals notes: Philipp Grubauer makes NHL debut to cap whirlwind winter / Capitals Watch: Philipp Grubauer makes NHL debut as Braden Holtby gets pulled / Capitals Watch: Olie Kolzig: Philipp Grubauer rises to every challenge / Capitals Watch: Michael Neuvirth sick, Caps recall Philipp Grubauer from Hershey

Washington Examiner: Loose Pucks: Flyers 4, Capitals 1: Five Observations / Proposed NHL divisions again like going home for Capitals

CSN Washington: Joe B: Over before it started / Capitals run out of gas in Philly / Flyers rough up Caps / With Neuvy sick, Holtby gets the call / Caps recall goalie Grubauer

NHL: Gagne’s return a success in Flyers’ 4-1 win / Through adversity, Holtby proves worth to Capitals

Associated Press: Capitals fall behind early, never catch up to Flyers

Sports Illustrated: Capitals showing signs of life
WUSA9: A Part of Hockey You Don’t Often See
Ted’s Take: Bradley Beal Breaks Out / The Female Sports Fan / “Devil’s Playground” / Reminder / #CapsPowerPlay / Amazing Defensive Resurgence / Progress
District Sports Page:
Ribeiro and Laughlin Host Hockey School at Rita Bright Family and Youth Center

Recent Transactions
Feb. 27 Recalled Philipp Grubauer from Hershey
Feb. 26 Recalled Casey Wellman from Hershey

Injury Update
G Michal Neuvirth – day-to-day
D Jack Hillen – day-to-day
F Brooks Laich – day-to-day
F Marcus Johansson – day-to-day