Neuvirth leaves practice early, Beagle still sidelined


Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth left practice early today, and it wasn’t because he had a dentist appointment.

Chuck Gormley of reports that “Neuvirth took several shots from teammates before Sergey Kocharov, the Caps’ media relations director, was summoned to the locker room to strap on the pads.”

Neuvirth has been sidelined the last two games with a lower body injury. Presumably his lower body is still hurting. (When is the NHL going to start taking lower body injuries seriously? It’s a crisis.”)

The Caps could call up Braden Holtby or Dany Sabourin to back up Tomas Vokoun tomorrow against Florida. Meanwhile, Kocharov is expected to resume his media relations duties.

Gormley also reports that Jay Beagle remains sidelined with “what appears to be concussion symptoms.” The Caps haven’t been in any rush to get Beagle back in action after the forward was knocked out by Arron Asham in a fight that you might have heard about.

UPDATE: According to Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, Neuvirth is still “feeling sore.” So there you go.