The Washington Times - December 13, 2011, 09:12PM

This was a night Tomas Vokoun might like to forget very soon. Four goals on 21 shots - at least two of them that could be defined as bad or soft.

He got the hook from coach Dale Hunter after the second period, but at that point the damage had already been done by a clicking Philadelphia Flyers team.


A couple minutes after an unsuccessful power play in which the Caps were unable to break through on Ilya Bryzgalov, Scott Hartnell streaked down the left wing and put a harmless shot on net that snuck through Vokoun’s pads and into the net. 

Even if the Caps regrouped at the first intermission, Vokoun gave up a couple tip goals in the second period. And while neither could be blamed on poor play by the 35-year-old, he has said on numerous occasions that it’s his job to stop the puck - and he did not. The puck deflected in off Mathieu Perreault’s stick to make it 2-0, and then off Wayne Simmonds’ stick to make it 3-0.

But the Caps fell even further out of the game when Vokoun gave up another soft goal. This time it was grinder Max Talbot taking a shot from above the circles that went under Vokoun’s left arm, off the post and in. It was the last goal Vokoun surrendered, as Michal Neuvirth replaced him to start the third.