Neuvirth denied 28 of 29 shots Sunday against the Capitals, but the lone goal allowed proved to be the dagger with Washington winning the series in six games. Neuvirth was brilliant between the posts, denying 103 of 105 shots (.981 save percentage) in the last three games. He clearly outplayed Steve Mason, who was handed the reins for Games 1-3, but lost all of those contests and put the Flyers in a deep hole. Both netminders will be under contract through next season, but one would think Neuvy's stellar postseason has him as the early favorite for the starting job in 2016-17.
Neuvirth is on track to start Sunday's home game against the Caps. Since taking over from Steve Mason when he drew Wednesday's start in goal for the Flyers, Neuvirth has stopped 75 of 76 shots (including all 44 shots in Game 5 of the team's first-round playoff series) en route to back-to-back wins over the Caps. With Neuvirth on a roll, the Flyers -- down 3-2 in in the series -- will look to extend the matchup to a seventh game, which would take place Wednesday in Washington, if necessary.
Neuvirth was extraordinary Friday, turning aside all 44 shots in a 2-0 win over Washington in Game 5. Neuvirth has almost single-handedly gotten the Flyers back into the series, allowing just a single goal on 76 shots in his two starts -- both of which were wins while down 3-0 in the series. Steve Mason proved to be a huge liability through the first three games against the Caps, so look for Neuvirth again to put up a big-time performance in Game 6 Sunday back in Pennsylvania.
Neuvirth will shield the net Friday night for Game 5 against the Capitals, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Neuvirth has the only win for the Flyers in this series against a fierce Washington team that claimed the Presidents' Trophy for most points in the regular season. In order to stretch the series, Neuvy will have to be one of the team's best on the penalty kill. Of course, the Philly skaters could do him a huge favor by playing disciplined hockey and limiting silly penalties at all costs. To that point, the Caps are converting just over 42 percent of their power-play opportunities in the playoffs - no team is stronger in that category. This is a road game for Neuvy, and from a fantasy perspective, it's best to roll with a different goalie, someone who doesn't have so many factors working against him.
Neuvirth stepped up when called upon, stopping 31 of 32 Washington shots to keep Philadelphia's season alive with a 2-1 win Wednesday. Neuvirth got the Game 4 start due to continued poor play from Steve Mason, and delivered a tremendous performance to extend the series. He will likely stay in net for the duration of this series, but that may not last long considering the lopsided nature of these teams' first two meetings in Washington.
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