WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: Tomas Vokoun #29 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with Karl Alzner #27 of the Washington Capitals, Matt Hendricks #26 of the Washington Capitals, and John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 3-0 at Verizon Center on January 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Tomas Vokoun has had an interesting season with the Washington Capitals to say the least. In his first game, he allowed five goals in a 6-5 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. After that game, he allowed two goals or less in six straight starts.
Later in the season, he allowed three or more goals in six of nine starts from mid-November to mid-December. Vokoun then sat on the bench for two weeks in favor of Michal Neuvirth. Since starting December 28 against the New York Rangers, Vokoun has been on a roll, having won five of seven starts, including Wednesday's 30-save shutout in a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Minus two rough games on the Caps' recent road trip (he allowed eight goals on 65 shots), Vokoun has allowed only five games in his five other starts. Wednesday was his second shutout of the season and first since October 18.
Vokoun was a cheap acquisition this summer, signing for $1.5 million, but his play is worth much more to the Caps.
"He was outstanding," Matt Hendricks said of Vokoun. "He made all the good saves he had to make, but when we needed him to make that great save, he was there as well. Hats off to Tomas."