The Washington Times - March 13, 2012, 12:43PM

UNIONDALE, N.Y. | Shortly after Alex Ovechkin stepped off the ice at Nassau Coliseum to end his morning skate Tuesday, Washington Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun did the same. Typically the first goalie off the ice means he’s starting, but Vokoun didn’t have the look of a guy preparing to play against the New York Islanders.

Meanwhile, most of his teammates remained on the ice, and young goaltender Michal Neuvirth did the usual stretching routine that seems to precede starts.


Vokoun, who missed two games with what the team called a lower-body injury, is healthy.

Asked if Vokoun left early because he was hurt, coach Dale Hunter said: “Nope. No. just practice was over.”

But Hunter wasn’t biting on the suggestion that Neuvirth would get the nod.

You’ll see in warm-up,” he said with a big smile.

Neuvirth will get the start. He’s 4-0-0 with a 1.37 goals-against average and .950 save percentage in his carer against the Islanders.