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“Every shot is an adventure” for Tomas Vokoun

Dec 14, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT

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It’s excessive to say that Tomas Vokoun has been a bad goalie in Washington, but he hasn’t been the difference-maker the Capitals expected. That’s something that Vokoun admitted to’s Chuck Gormley as he spoke about a tough month.

“I guess I’m in one of those funks,” Vokoun said. “I just don’t feel comfortable out there. Some games we win the game but it’s still a battle. For whatever reason I don’t have the comfort level I’ve had in past years and it shows.

I don’t think I’ve given up as many soft goals in the last month here as I gave up in three years (in Florida). Now, every shot is an adventure. Even if I do stop it I don’t control it well.”

Those aren’t the words of a very confident goalie, which is something that has to be a serious concern for Dale Hunter and George McPhee. It’s nice that he’s owning up to his struggles, but goalies are fragile creatures. The hope is that he isn’t beating himself up too much.

For years, Vokoun was a goalie who put up great individual numbers on bad Florida Panthers teams. His save percentage hovered around 92 percent for the previous six seasons, so seeing it dip to 90.6 is worrisome.

It’s not a Roloson-level catastrophe either, though, which shows that his play is matching the Capitals’ collective situation. As bad as things seem, there’s still the belief that Vokoun and the Caps can break out of this “funk.”

  1. trbowman - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Because he’s never played for a team that had the expectations the Caps do. It’s mental.

  2. aksnowman - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    It’s mental for sure. That and having the expectation the team will play in front of you and they aren’t makes for a fragile goalie. I’m sure he will bounce back. Time will tell.

  3. duckandabluesailor - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:58 AM

    Never mind the caps, I payed big money for him in three different pools. He’s killing me.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

      you’re a moron then

  4. duckandabluesailor - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Oh yeah, you’re right. Why would I have drafted an elite by the numbers goalie, playing for a cup favorite.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    ‘Man, what were the Flyers doing? How could they have not signed him? They spent way too much on Bryz’. Yea, all goalies go through their valleys. It’s not all Vokoun’s fault but he isn’t help the cause. While Breezy is hot after struggling for several games in a row. It happens.

  6. orthodez - Dec 19, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    He sucked for FLorida. He was never a team player, always whining. They always played a slow tempo game that allowed them to compete longer into the game, and it made him look good.

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