The Washington Times - October 28, 2011, 05:59PM

VANCOUVER | It’s no secret that Bruce Boudreau likes to ride a hot goaltender. And though Tomas Vokoun and the Capitals lost Thursday night in Edmonton, the veteran was not culpable on either goal he allowed.

So Vokoun is getting the nod for his eighth straight start Saturday when the Caps face the Canucks in Vancouver. The 35-year-old confirmed that he’d be in net instead of Michal Neuvirth.


“Bruce makes those decisions. And the only way you’re involved in them is with your play,” Vokoun said. “I can only control so much, and for me, it’s nice to play. I take it as maybe a reward for the streak we had.”

Vokoun is 6-1-0 with a 1.83 goals-against average and .940 save percentage, keeping the Caps rolling along to their best start in franchise history. Thursday’s defeat didn’t damper Boudreau’s opinion of Vokoun, either.

“The last two games, they’ve scored three PP goals against us and none five-on-five,” the coach said. “I’m happy with the way our team has played.”

So happy, apparently, that he doesn’t want to change anything. Boudreau said Neuvirth, who’s working his way back from a bruised right heel, is healthy enough to start.

Neuvirth allowed three goals on 31 shots in the season-opening victory over the Carolina Hurricanes but hasn’t played since.

But Vokoun will be back instead. He’ll be opposed by Roberto Luongo.