Neuvirth cleared to return

Neuvirth cleared to return
April 20, 2012, 3:44 pm
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Michal Neuvirth is ready to go.

The Capitals 24-year-old goaltender has been cleared to return to the lineup after missing the final game of the regular season and the first four games of the Capitals first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins with a lower body injury.

Neuvirth is expected to back up rookie netminder Braden Holtby Saturday afternoon when the best-of-seven series, knotted at 2-2, returns to TD Garden.

Among playoff goaltenders, Holtby is tied with the Bruins Tim Thomas for third in the NHL in goals-against average (1.60) and ranks second behind Vancouvers Cory Schneider in save percentage (.953).

Neuvirth went 13-13-5 during the regular season with a 2.82 GAA and .903 save percentage.

With Neuvirth healthy, the Caps have re-assigned goaltender Dany Sabourin to the Hershey
Bears of the AHL.

Sabourin, 31, did not appear in a game for the Caps. He went 18-12-5 with a 2.76 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 37 games with Hershey this season.

Meanwhile, Tomas Vokoun did not skate with the team on Friday. He said an MRI on his groin revealed a significant tear and is not putting a timetable on a possible return.