It probably wasn’t the debut that veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun was hoping for when he arrived to Washington. Two minutes into the game against the team that swept the Capitals out of the postseason last year was up 1-0. Vokoun went on to allow four more in the remaining 58 minutes and despite scoring five goals, the Caps didn’t take a lead until the third period.
Regardless of the difficult start, Vokoun kept his cool and ended up shutting out the Lightning in a shutout that secured the Capitals win. But to me, that wasn’t even the most impressive part of his night. After the win, Vokoun didn’t shy away from his tough first outing with the Caps.
“It was probably my worst game in five years,” Vokoun said according to Mike Vogel of WashCaps.com. “It just shows how strong this team is. They literally won tonight without goaltending.” Talk about be tough on yourself. “We won the game, certainly no thanks to me. But the team played great and I think it shows a lot of character.” Nothing but class.
Sergey Kocharov of Capitals PR tweeted that he didn’t even ask Vokoun to talk to the media after the game, but that he took it upon himself to do so. “Pro all around.”