Capitals Rock (the Red) Lobster
09 Sunday Oct 2011
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Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth made a fashion statement on September 14, 2011 when he skated out for practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex wearing all-red equipment, as blogged by Katie Carrera of washingtonpost.com.
On opening night of the Caps 2011 -2012 season Neuvirth put on a display with those red pads, appearing like an over sized lobster as he stood tall, especially in overtime, to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 at Verizon Center.
His 28 save performance was enough to outlast a Carolina squad that scored three times with a man advantage (twice on the power play and at the end of regulation with goalie Brian Boucher pulled for an extra attacker) and had four terrific opportunities to end it in the extra session.
That is when Neuvy used his shiny new red pinchers, flexing like Larry the Lobster from Spongebob Squarepants, to stone forwards Jussi Jokinen (twice) and Jeff Skinner as the Caps fought off a four on three Hurricanes power play advantage from an Alexander Semin boarding penalty at the end of regulation.
After center Nicklas Backstrom drew a Hurricanes penalty on Jokinen, setting up three-on-three hockey, Neuvy flashed the glove, stopping a one-timer from defenseman Tomas Kaberle and then keeping the puck moving to his teammates.
Up the ice they went and as Semin’s penalty expired, the Caps power play went to work, with defenseman Mike Green ending the game with a slapshot that snuck through Boucher’s legs for the victory.
Not even expected to start the game a couple days ago, because of the addition of Tomas Vokoun in the offseason, Neuvirth displayed his mental toughness, physical gifts and those snazzy red pads to start the season on the right path.
Now break out your B-52 albums, or buy the song on iTunes, and reflect on the opening night performance of our very own Rock (the Red) Lobster.