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Going into Saturday's game unbeaten, the Washington Capitals had yet to play their best hockey. Three victories but not yet a complete performance. Still, coach Bruce Boudreau said he's not going to be "fussy" and worry about winning pretty.
Arron Asham skated to the penalty box as Jay Beagle lay face-first on the ice. The Penguins tough guy was the victor in the fight between the two, and he celebrated that by motioning "it's over" with his arms, and then making a sleeping gesture.
One opposing shot on net, one goal. It was a familiar scene for Tomas Vokoun on Thursday night — the second straight game he allowed the first puck on goal to go in. But when the Capitals' offense bailed him out to preserve a victory against the Lightning, the 35-year-old was steadfast.
Tomas Vokoun still looks at Skype on his computer and sees Josef Vasicek's name — knowing he'll never get the chance to talk to his friend again.
Sometimes choosing a starting goaltender depends on the matchup. Take one look at Michal Neuvirth's career numbers and recent run against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he seemed a good bet to get the start for the Washington Capitals on Thursday.
The Bronx cheers filled the air at Verizon Center when Tomas Vokoun made a routine save. This was his Capitals debut, and he was in the middle of a nightmare performance of bad bounces and pucks winding up behind him when they shouldn't have.
The Washington Capitals always win their home opener, don't they? Saturday night's victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3 in overtime, makes it 10 straight for them. So you don't want to draw too many conclusions, make too many sweeping statements, off 60 (or so) minutes at the rink — not when, as Bruce Boudreau reminded everybody, there are still "81 more to go."
Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun figured he would be in net for opening night Saturday. Coach Bruce Boudreau anointed him the starter back in July, downplaying the idea of a competition between Vokoun and incumbent Michal Neuvirth.
It came as a surprise to a lot of people around the Washington Capitals and the NHL on Friday afternoon when Tomas Vokoun revealed that he would not be starting the season opener Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center.