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NHL: Capitals to go with goalie Philipp Grubauer

Philipp Grubauer will start Washington’s playoff opener against Columbus, the first Capitals goaltender not named Braden Holtby to start a postseason series since 2011.

The 26-year-old started 10 of the final 16 games of the regular season, going 7-3-0. Grubauer’s 2.06 goals against average and .933 save percentage are the best among goalies since Oct. 27.

Holtby has started 59 of the past 60 Capitals playoff games. But his late struggles — a 3.75 GAA and .886 save percentage in his last 17 games — cost him.

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