At the moment, there's absolutely no goaltending controversy for the Washington Capitals. But it's not playoff darling Braden Holtby who grabbed a hold of the starting job.

It's Michal Neuvirth, whose mannerisms and play are understated but whose performances so far this season have been exceptional.

"He's never given me reason to ever doubt him, which is why I've always believed in him," goaltending coach Dave Prior said. "I only see the real exceptional side of Michal."

Prior has always been a believer in Neuvirth, a second-round pick of the Caps in 2006. Still, the 24-year-old has seemingly always been a second option in goal, whether it was behind Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Vokoun or Holtby.

"I don't think he has a chip on his shoulder," Prior said. "I think he's probably of the opinion, 'I wonder why they doubt me' more than anything because he doesn't doubt himself."