Each week Hockey Edge Blog is choosing one player to be Mentally Tough Player of the Week. This is a player that exhibits toughness and performs well under pressure, bounces back after a big mistake, stays positive in the face of adversity, deals with pain and continues to perform, and/or leads with their performance.
Michal Neuvirth 23 year old goaltender for the Washington Capitals is the Mentally Tough Performer of the Week for Week 1 for his outstanding efforts as a playoff rookie. Winning 2 out of 3 games, one in OT, with a GAA of 1.45 and Save Percentage of .942, Neuvirth is providing the rock steady goaltending the Caps need to make a move in the East. This performance is in light of the pressure Washington is under to get over last year's upset at the hands of the Canadiens and with high expectations of going to the Finals. If Neuvirth remains steady in the net for the Capitals the rest of the East could be in trouble.