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Philipp Grubauer Keeps Playing Well, Despite Losses
Since being called up, Philipp Grubauer has played very well as the Capitals go-to goalie. Grubauer has started 13 of the last 17 games for the Capitals and again started against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. San Jose came in as one of the better NHL offenses and Grubauer stopped 28 of 29 shots before losing in the shootout. He has been the silver lining the last couple of games for the Capitals.
“Philipp has played well; it was a good game for him. He had some good defense in front of him,” said coach Adam Oates.
“Every game it gets better,” Grubauer said. “I mean five on five against probably one of the best teams and we were cycling the puck down low. We were basically in their zone and giving up nothing.”
Grubauer obviously wanted the win, but knows that the Caps are getting better and he is getting more comfortable with the Caps defense in front of him.
“It’s important to get the two points, but we played a great game. In their zone we had the puck probably a lot of times, cycling in their zone which was pretty good. We stick to our game plan and we play our system and we just need to score.”
Grubauer has played well as the starting goaltender of the Capitals and will look to build his momentum. Oates’s initial reaction to him starting against the Penguins on Wednesday is a “No,” but he will talk to the coaches on the plane with some time to think before the next game. Oates has a three-headed monster in net to include Grubauer , Braden Holtby, and Michal Neuvirth. If Grubauer plays the way he played recently, he may continue to find a high number of starts throughout the season.