So much happened around the Capitals in the past week, from a rough loss to the Stars to a bag skate and more talk about accountability. It seemed forever ago that Tomas Vokoun struggled in a loss to the New York Islanders and talked about letting his team down.
Friday night, Vokoun got the start at the New Jersey Devils and didn’t disappoint. He finished with 32 saves on 33 shots and was named the third star of the 3-1 win.
“It’s a good comeback after a bad game agains the Islanders. I cost the team points in that game,” Vokoun said Friday night. “All you can do is come back and put out a strong performance.”
This was a strong performance, even if it wasn’t a spectacular one. The Devils outshot the Caps 33-20, but many of their attempts were from easy angles.
That shouldn’t take away from Vokoun’s excellence, though.
“I think the D did a great job of blocking out and giving him good vision to see pucks and it wasn’t a lot of really split saves that he had to make and everything,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He made the saves he had to make.”
In that way, it was the perfect bounce-back effort for Vokoun. He was able to settle into a rhythm of seeing constant action and didn’t give up a soft goal. In a close game like that, dependability was a major factor.
Vokoun might’ve been so good that Boudreau gives him another start Saturday night at home against the Devils. Asked if it made sense to start Michal Neuvirth in the second half of this back-to-back, the coach said: “Ehh. Tomas played pretty good last night, too.”