EDMONTON, Alberta | Tomas Vokoun has a six-game winning streak going, and the Capitals’ net will still be his for another night.
Vokoun said Wednesday afternoon that coach Bruce Boudreau told him he’d be starting Thursday night when the Caps face the Edmonton Oilers.
“You wait for the net, and when you get it … obviously you prepare either if you play or don’t,” Vokoun said. “It’s nice to know a couple days ahead.”
Asked minutes earlier, Boudreau would not announce whether Vokoun or Michal Neuvirth would start at Rexall Place. Neuvirth, who’s working his way back from a bruised right heel, would not say one way or another but his words seemed to confirm that Vokoun was getting the nod.
“Today was a third good practice for me. Obviously I want to be playing, but it’s up to Bruce, and Vokey’s playing good right now,” Neuvirth said. “So if he’s going to start Tomas, it’s good with me. I’m just going to be working hard every day and trying to get better and in better shape. When I get the call, I’m going to be ready.”
Vokoun is 6-0-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .944 save percentage, his best start since 2005-06.
“It’s nice – don’t get me wrong. I’ve been on the losing side enough in the past,” he said. “That’s tough, and no matter if you have a good game or bad game, when you lose the game it’s not the same like you win it. I’m definitely enjoying the successes we have. The only thing you’ve got to be careful [about is] it doesn’t mean anything going forward.”