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Vokoun to start for Caps in Boston

Mar 29, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

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Yesterday Tomas Vokoun said he was “available” to start in goal for the Capitals tonight in Boston. Today coach Dale Hunter announced Vokoun will indeed get the nod.

“You look at his numbers this year, he’s been good for us and he’s a veteran. He’s been through these things before so it’s no question,” Hunter said, as reported by the Washington Post. “You look at his numbers, it wasn’t up and down. Everybody has a couple [bad] games but in general most of the games he gives us a chance to win every night.”

Hunter rolled the dice Tuesday against the Sabres, going with rookie Braden Holtby in the Caps’ biggest game of the season. The gamble didn’t pay off. Holtby was pulled after allowing three goals on 15 shots and Buffalo won, 5-1.

Hunter’s other choice for tonight is Michal Neuvirth. Unfortunately, it’s not much of one. Neuvirth’s surrendered 12 goals in his last three starts and possesses a scant .888 save percentage in March.

Vokoun last started Mar. 16 in Winnipeg before aggravating a groin strain.

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  1. govtminion - Mar 29, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    I thought Holtby actually did decent against Buffalo- the raw numbers look terrible, but I’d only blame one of the three goals on him- and even that one was because his defensemen were terrible about clearing the front of the net.

    Either way, whomever the Caps put in had better stand on their head tonight- Boston is a scary team, and the Caps literally cannot afford to lose again this year.

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