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Perhaps Neuvirth’s strong game should not have been surprising, though. In five of his past six appearances, taking out the implosion in Buffalo, he has a .937 save percentage.

With both goalies boasting similar numbers, it is a tough decision for Hunter and his staff. Vokoun knows it’s better for them to make it than him or Neuvirth.

“I never made those decisions mine, and you probably never will in this league,” Vokoun said this week. “That makes it easier on you; they make the decisions, and you deal with the decision. That’s the way it is.”