SUNRISE, Fla. | Tomas Vokoun got to go home. He got to spend time with his wife and two school-age daughters. Then he got to face and beat his old team.
Vokoun wasn’t the centerpiece of the Washington Capitals’ 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers, but he was more than solid Friday night. The 35-year-old had some trouble early on but never really got rattled despite some nerves.
“I haven’t played for more than a week. And at first there was a couple bobbles,” Vokoun said. “But as long as you keep your eyes on the puck and even if you bobble it, you can still follow it where it’s going. And big game, you’re a little bit nervous, too. It’s not easy playing back where I play last year.”
Vokoun spent four seasons in South Florida, and his family still calls the area home. His wife, Dagmar, and daughters Adelle and Natalie were also set to be in attendance to watch him in his first BankAtlantic Center start since leaving in free agency last summer.
But Vokoun was much more concerned about the Caps’ spot behind the Panthers in the standings than he was with discussing his own performance: 22 saves on 23 shots.
“We’re chasing them,” Vokoun said. “I settle in, and obviously a great finish by our guys scoring a couple goals and getting the win. …
“Huge win, I think huge spark for our team.”