Michal Neuvirth BIO:
Currently ranks 3rd in wins (51) all-time in Capitals history among goalies originally drafted by the team (Kolzig, 301; Carey, 70)
Made 39 saves for a win on 3/31 vs. MTL. Picked up the win in relief on 3/29 at BOS. Recorded 1st career assist on 3/18 at CHI. Played his 100th career NHL game on 3/11, a shutout win against TOR. Won his 3rd-straight game on 2/28 vs. NYI. Stopped 28 shots for the win on 2/25 at TOR. Had 30 saves for the win on 2/24 vs. MTL. Stopped all 14 shots he faced in relief of Tomas Vokoun on 2/22 at OTT. Recorded his 2nd shutout and 6th win of the season with 31-save effort on 1/18 at MTL. Recorded his 1st shutout of the season and the 5th of his career making 26 saves on 12/15 at WPG. Made his 1st start since 10/8 and earned the win on 11/4 at CAR (both wins against CAR). Missed 5 games (10/13-10/22) due to injury. Won his 1st game of the season, stopping 28 of 31 shots on 10/8 vs. CAR.
2010-11: Finished third amongst rookie goaltenders in wins (27) and GAA (2.45). Had a 33-save shutout (fourth of the season and his career) on 3/18 at NJ tying a Capitals record for shutouts in a season by a rookie (Jim Carey, 1994-95). Named NHL Rookie of the Month in October. Allowed four goals or fewer in 47 of his 48 contests. Set a Capitals franchise record for wins by a rookie goaltender with 21st victory on 3/3 vs. STL. Became the last goaltender in the NHL to allow more than four goals in a game when he allowed six on 2/25 in his 36th game. Stopped all 39 shots at PIT on 2/21 for his third shutout of the season (and his career). Blanked PIT on 2/6 for his second shutout of the season. The first Capitals goalie to post 10 wins in the team’s first 16 games. Tied Olie Kolzig’s club record for longest home winning streak (10) before taking the loss 10/19 vs. BOS. The youngest Capitals goaltender to start a season opener since Jim Carey in 1996-97. Finished fifth in the postseason (minimum 300 minutes) in goals-against average (2.34). Led rookie goaltenders in the playoffs (minimum 300 minutes) in wins (4), games played (9), shots against (261) and minutes (590); ranked second in goals-against average (2.34) and save percentage (.912).
2009-10: Split time between Washington and the Hershey Bears (AHL). Played in 17 games for the Capitals. Had a 9-4-0 record with a .914 save percentage and 2.75 GAA. Was 7-1-0 with a 1.75 GAA and a .945 save percentage at Verizon Center. Made his first start of the season 11/20 vs. MTL. Recorded career-best three-game winning streak twice (12/19—12/26 and 1/27—2/5). Registered 38 saves 1/9 vs. ATL for his highest single-game save percentage (.974). Faced a career-high 45 shots and made a career-high 43 saves in a 5-2 win vs. ATL (2/5). Recorded two wins against ATL to improve to 3-0-0 lifetime against the Thrashers, his best record against any NHL opponent. Had four wins during the franchise-best 14- game winning streak (1/13 – 2/7). Went 15-6-0 in 22 games with Hershey with a .919 save percentage and 2.24 GAA. Made 42 saves in a shutout victory vs. Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton (11/29). Had wins in five consecutive starts with Hershey (11/4—11/14). Went 14-4 in leading Hershey to a second consecutive Calder Cup. The first No. 1 goaltender in the AHL to win back-to-back Calder Cups since Pete Peeters for the Maine Mariners in 1978 and ’79. Had the league’s third-best GAA (2.07) and fifth-best save percentage (.920) in the playoffs. Won his first eight and last four playoff games. Went 6-1 in playoff overtime games. Faced 30-plus shots six times and was 5-1 in those games. Recorded a shutout in the Cup-clinching Game 6 vs. Texas (6/14) with 22 saves.
2008-09: Played in five games for Washington with a 2-1-0 record while spending the bulk of the season with Hershey and South CAR (ECHL). Named the AHL’s playoff MVP (Jack A. Butterfield Trophy) after leading Hershey’s run to the Calder Cup. Made his NHL debut on 2/14 at TB and registered 31 saves in a 5-1 victory. Only six of the 11 goals he allowed came at even strength. Went 9-5-2 in 17 regular-season games with Hershey with a .913 save percentage and a 2.70 GAA. Had three games of 40 or more saves, including a 47-save shutout at Binghamton (3/27). Made 47 saves in shootout win at Manchester (3/22) and 40 saves in shootout win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/4). Played 13 games for South CAR, posting a 6-7-0-0 record, a .918 save percentage and a 2.28 GAA. Represented the American Conference at the 2009 ECHL All-Star Game and saved 19 of 20 shots in 20 minutes. Recorded shutouts 11/9 at Augusta (25 saves) and 11/23 vs. Mississippi (36 saves). Made 46 saves in a 3-2 shootout win at Gwinnett (11/15). Played all 22 playoff games for Hershey, posting a 16-6 record, 1.92 GAA, .932 save percentage and four shutouts. Led all AHL goalies in playoff wins and shutouts and had the best GAA and save percentage of any goalie who played more than one series. Allowed two goals or fewer in 15 of 22 playoff games, including the last five games of the finals. Won each of his first six playoff starts (4/16—5/3). Posted back-to-back shutouts in Games 6 and 7 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (5/10 and 5/12), the first goalie in AHL history to record shutouts in Games 6 and 7 of a playoff series. Had a 28-save shutout of Manitoba in Game 3 of the finals (6/6).
2007-08: Played 33 games with three teams in the OHL. Finished a combined 17-7- 5-3 and was ninth in the league with a .911 save percentage. Enjoyed a seven-game winning streak from 10/27—11/25, including three wins with Plymouth and wins in his first four games after being traded to Windsor. Won back-to-back games after he was acquired by Oshawa (1/10—1/11). Had four outings with 50-plus saves for Oshawa: two overtime losses and two shootout losses. Stopped a season-high 55 shots in a 5-4 shootout loss to Kingston on 3/7. Played nine playoff games for Oshawa and posted a 7-2-0 record before suffering a season-ending injury. Won his first five playoff starts, leading the Generals to a first-round sweep of OTT. Made 46 saves in a 2-1 win at OTT on 3/25. Posted a .932 save percentage (fifth in the OHL) and a 2.49 GAA (sixth) for the playoffs. Represented the Czech Republic in the World Junior Championship.
2006-07: Appeared in 41 regular-season games for Plymouth, going 26-8-2-2 with a 2.32 GAA and .932 save percentage. Led the Whalers to the OHL Championship and a spot in the Memorial Cup semifinals. Named Whalers’ Rookie of the Year. Named the OHL’s second-team All-Star goaltender. Runner-up for OHL Goaltender of the Year Award. Won the F.W. “Dinty” Moore Trophy as the first-year goaltender with the best GAA. Won the Dave Pinkney Trophy with Jeremy Smith for the best team GAA. Led the OHL in regular-season GAA (2.32) and save percentage (.932). Named OHL Player of the Week for recording a 1.00 GAA and .970 save percentage in two wins (4/22). Set the second-longest shutout streak in franchise history at 164:18 (12/28—1/6). Appeared in 23 postseason games, going 16-5-2 with a 2.54 GAA and .927 save percentage.
2008: Posted a 2-2-0 record at the World Junior Championship for the Czech Republic. His .910 save percentage ranked fourth in the tournament. Ranked fifth with a 2.50 GAA. Named the player of the game in the Czechs’ loss to Canada.
2006: Won a bronze medal playing for the Czech Republic at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Sweden, recording a 3-1-2 record with a 2.44 GAA and .927 save percentage. Twice named player of the game and recorded one shutout.
Selected by Washington in the second round, 34th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Admires Dominik Hasek. Played soccer and tennis growing up. If he wasn’t playing hockey, would want to coach. Enjoys playing tennis, golf and video games and spending time with his dog. Favorite hockey memory is winning back-to-back Calder Cups with Hershey.