The Washington Times - January 9, 2012, 04:07PM


LOS ANGELES | It’s starting to look like Tomas Vokoun is “the guy” for the Washington Capitals, as he’ll make his sixth straight start Monday night at the Los Angeles Kings.


Vokoun, who is 4-1-0 with a .941 save percentage since getting the starting nod in late December against the New York Rangers, has felt good about his play despite losing Saturday night at the San Jose Sharks.

Obviously it’s tough when you lose the game. Overall I think it’s been pretty good the last few weeks,” Vokoun said at Staples Center Monday afternoon. “I’m just trying to keep going.”

Coach Dale Hunter gave a similar, though brief, review of Vokoun’s play of late.

He’s played good,” he said. “He’s been solid for us and he gets the start again tonight because he’s been solid.”

Vokoun’s numbers this season are solid (16-9-0, 2.57 goals-against average, .914 save percentage) and better than Michal Neuvirth’s (5-7-2, 3.24, 8.87).

And though it’s looking like the 35-year-old has taken the reins of the starting job with a pretty tight grip, Vokoun wasn’t ready to declare that.

It’s more question for coaches. It’s a question of taking one game at a time and trying to play good,” Vokoun said. “When you play good, they have confidence in you and then put you out there.”

Jonathan Bernier (2-4-1, 2.82, .893) starts for the Kings.