Caps' Neuvirth sidelined by foot pain

Caps' Neuvirth sidelined by foot pain
October 17, 2011, 3:01 pm

Michal Neuvirths return to the Capitals lineup was set back at least a couple days on Monday when the goaltender left practice with pain in his right foot.

Neuvirth said he took a shot to his foot during pre-game warmups on Oct. 10 and has experienced pain and swelling ever since. He skated for about an hour on Saturday but pulled himself from Mondays practice about 15 minutes after it began.

Its a big bruise and well try to ice it, Neuvirth said. Theres a lot of pain when I put my skate on. I cant really push on the ice. I feel a lot of pain.

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said Neuvirth would not give a timetable on Neuvirths return, saying, Ive got to figure he needs to go through a full practice.

The Caps are likely to recall Braden Holtby from the AHL Hershey Bears and use him as a backup to Tomas Vokoun Tuesday night when the Capitals face the Florida Panthers at the Verizon Center.

In three starts this season Vokoun is 3-0-0 with a 2.57 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. Holtby is 1-1-0 with a 3.97 GAA and .860 save percentage for the Bears.

In other injury news right wing Jay Beagle remains sidelined with what appears to be concussion symptoms. Beagle has not practiced since getting knocked out in a fight with Pittsburghs Arron Asham on Thursday night.

Hes feeling fine, Boudreau said. This is just the protocol that keeps going. Its a combination of what the league is saying and what we do.