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Friday, October 7, 2011
Report: Caps will go with Neuvirth in opener

By ESPN.com

According to a report from The Washington Post out of today's morning skate, Michal Neuvirth said he got the starting nod in net for the Washington Capitals' home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

"It feels pretty good. I'm pretty excited about the game tomorrow, we want to win on home ice," Neuvirth said. "I was a little surprised, but I think I had a great training camp and very good preseason games and probably that's why I'm playing tomorrow."

The decision is being met with some surprise given the team's signing of Tomas Vokoun this past offseason. During training camp, Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau had seemed to already establish the pecking order by saying that Vokoun's accomplishments will make him the starter. But that's not the case, at least for the opener.

"No, I’m not really nervous because I'm not playing," Vokoun told local reporters. "Whatever, you know. Supposedly I'm going to play the next game."

Boudreau would not comment on his decision.

"I didn't know that was public knowledge," Boudreau said. "Well, I'm not ready to comment on that.