The Washington Times - October 28, 2011, 06:58PM

VANCOUVER | Roberto Luongo’s last full game came Oct. 20, a 25-save performance as the Vancouver Canucks throttled the Nashville Predators. That was one of the few bright spots of a very rough October for Luongo.

He’s 2-3-1 with a 3.45 goals-against average and .868 save percentage. The veteran netminder will try to turn things around Saturday night as he’ll start against the Capitals.


“Yeah, I’m feeling good. Just getting ready for a big game [Saturday] night,” Luongo said. “I had a good practice today and I’m going to to focus on what’s going to be the most important game of the year.”

Luongo was yanked in a loss to the Oilers on Tuesday and replaced by Cory Schneider.

Luongo will be opposed by Tomas Vokoun, who, to compare, has a 6-1-0 record, 1.83 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. It’s a matchup of two goaltenders who played her at Rogers Arena in the 2010 Olympics, though they never met in the tournament.

Luongo won gold with Canada, and while Vokoun and the Czech Republic lost in the quarterfinals, the 35-year-old has fond memories of this place.

“It was awesome experience,” he said. “Olympics in Canada, hockey tournament – it was a great atmosphere for teams, even if you’re not Canadian. Every game was sold out. I really enjoyed it.”