Tomas Vokoun understands his last game wasn’t a great one - four goals on 21 shots and an early hook Dec. 13 against the Philadelphia Flyers. But all he wanted was a chance to get back in.
He’ll get it Wednesday night against the New York Rangers. Vokoun learned Wednesday morning he would start for the Washington Capitals against the top team in the Eastern Conference.
The 35-year-old came into Monday night’s game in relief of Michal Neuvirth, stopping 16 of the 17 shots he faced. Teammates are happy to see the veteran get another opportunity.
“It’s nice to see. He looked good out there today and when he came in last game he looked good,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “The guys, more than anything else we want to help these guys out – our goalies – and give them a night where they’re just getting shots from the outside. They’re going to make those saves all the time. We want to have a good defensive effort for them and also put some goals up and give them a chance.”
Vokoun on Tuesday wasn’t sure if he had done enough to earn another start.
“Every game is different and you just never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s nice to at least get out there and get the feel for the game.”
Vokoun is 12-8 this season with a 2.75 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.