OTTAWA -- A light workload the previous day against the Buffalo Sabres helped make it possible for Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer to earn a fourth straight start Monday against the Ottawa Senators.
Washington coach Adam Oates decided to start Grubauer on consecutive days after he stopped 16 of 17 shots Sunday in the Capitals' 2-1 shootout loss in Buffalo. The 22-year-old German rookie held the Sabres scoreless through the first five rounds of the tiebreaker before Steve Ott scored the winner on Buffalo's sixth attempt.
"I thought he played a really good game," Oates said. "We outshot them 50 to something, 15, 16, and he didn't have a lot of work chances-wise, and I think that he's got plenty of energy for tonight."
Braden Holtby has two starts in the Capitals' previous eight games.
"It's a long year and there's going to be plenty of opportunity," Oates said.