Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun seems to be rolling along after a rough debut. So much so that he was the NHL’s third star of the week.
Vokoun won all three of his starts this week, shutting out the Panthers and beating the Flyers and Red Wings. In three games he allowed a total of three goals. His save percentage was an unheard-of .968.
“Our team is good. Obviously you grow confidence with winning and playing well,” Vokoun said Saturday after beating Detroit. “It’s a great team. What can I say? I’m glad I’m part of it.”
It’s Vokoun’s best start to a season since 2005-06. He’s 6-0-0 with a .944 save percentage and 1.80 goals-against average.
“More than my stats or stuff like that, I’m more pleased with I feel like I’m doing the right things,” he said Monday. “Eventually, when you do the right things, they’ll show up.”
And after playing for some bad teams, he’s winning, too.
“We’ve been on a roll. It’s good feeling – trust me. I’ve been playing losing hockey for long time, and it’s really tough. No matter how we win I enjoy it.”
Take away that game against the Lightning and he has a .965 save percentage. Saturday night he made 32 stops on 33 shots against Detroit.
“He was great,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He’s been great ever since the 15-minute mark of the second game he’s been outstanding.”
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick posted three consecutive shutouts and was the first star. Senators center Jason Spezza was second.