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Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Bruce Boudreau: Upcoming six, seven games will determine starting goaltender for the playoffs

I wasn’t able to make it to Coach Bruce Boudreau’s media availability this morning at Joe Louis Arena, but via the Capitals’ 365 team, you can catch up with the video below. Boudreau discussed his choice to go with Michal Neuvirth tonight against the always-formidable Red Wings. He also talked about how he approaches the task of selecting a goaltender for the playoffs.

“I don’t have to make that decision yet, so I’m really not doing it,” Boudreau said. “Every one of them we’ve put in has really excelled. Probably these next six or seven games will determine who’s going to be the starter in the playoffs for us, but right now we’ve got the three kids playing great and we give [Braden] Holtby a rest and see how somebody else can do the job.”

Based on his comments to reporters this morning, Boudreau certainly believes this is a true three-horse race, considering that he sees parallels between Holtby’s success and that of Hall of Famer Ken Dryden.

“I hate to be a historian on this, but in 1971 a kid got called up from the American League named Ken Dryden and played in the playoffs. I don’t think the pressure got to him and his career is history,” Boudreau said. “I see a lot of similarities in the Holtby, Dryden call ups, what their season’s been like and everything else.”

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