Tomas Vokoun 'feels better' as Caps send Braden Holtby back to Hershey

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Tomas Vokoun is 35 years old, and he has played in 44 of the Washington Capitals’ 65 games this season. So it’s reasonable to think he’ll need some rest here and there for nagging injuries.

That was the case this past weekend for Vokoun, who’s nursing a lower-body injury that sounds an awful lot like a groin problem, which is common for goaltenders. He was back on the ice for Monday’s practice after sitting out the past two games and workouts.

“It feels better. We’ll see tomorrow. It’s just one of those things,” Vokoun said. “That’s what happened to me last time: I’m skated and skated hard and it just gets so sore afterwards, kind of like when you get off the ice and stuff like that. We’ll see tomorrow; hopefully it’s fine.”

Vokoun said he’s been “battling it for a while and it got worse,” late last week. The orginial injury occurred before that.

“it happened like 10 days ago,” the goalie said. “It’s not bad. I never let it go really bad. After that [Friday] practice it get really sore, so they decided to keep me out a couple days.”

Michal Neuvirth got shelled Friday night, though Vokoun’s injury explains why the 23-year-old didn’t get pulled when the Caps made mistake after mistake in front of him. Braden Holtby was recalled Sunday and served as the backup in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

But Holtby was sent back to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on Monday afternoon.

That means Vokoun should be back in uniform Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, barring any setbacks.

“Hopefully if I feel good tomorrow, I’m available for whatever they want me to do,” Vokoun said. “So we’ll see.”

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