The recall has not yet been formally announced by the Capitals, but Sabourin confirmed he had been summoned by Washington, according to tweets from Tim Leone of The Patriot News this evening.
“I’m going for the game against New York tomorrow,” Sabourin told Leone following Hershey’s 4-2 loss to Wilkes-Barre Friday night. “I’m coming back on Sunday and we’ll see after.”
Sabourin, 31, a journeyman netminder who hasn’t appeared in an NHL game since 2009 with Pittsburgh, will presumably back up Braden Holtby against the New York Rangers on Saturday.
Sabourin has appeared in 36 games for Hershey this season and holds a 2.81 goals against average and .907 save percentage. On Friday, he started an 11th straight game for the Bears.
It’s uncertain how much time Neuvirth will miss after he suffered an apparent injury to his left leg in the second period of Thursday’s game when Panthers forward Marco Sturm fell on him. At the very least, Sabourin’s recall signifies that the 24-year-old Czech is not able to even serve as backup on Saturday.
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