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Report: Vokoun could miss playoffs

Apr 1, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

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It’s “entirely likely” the Capitals won’t have goalie Tomas Vokoun should they make the playoffs,’s Chuck Gormley is reporting.

Gormley writes that “the groin injury suffered by Vokoun in Thursday night’s 3-2 shootout win over the Boston Bruins is worse than the one that sidelined him six straight games,” thus the likelihood the Caps will have to rely on 24-year-old Michal Neuvirth and, if not Neuvirth, rookie Braden Holtby for the postseason.

Save for a poor October, Vokoun had played very well for the Caps, so this is a considerable blow to their playoff hopes. Neuvirth’s coming off a strong performance in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout victory over Montreal, but his overall numbers (2.85 GAA, .902 SV%) are mediocre.

Suffice to say if Washington qualifies for the postseason and meets Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers in the first round, the goaltending matchup will be decidedly in New York’s favor.

Vokoun, 35, is a pending unrestricted free agent, so he might also have played his last game in a Caps uniform.

  1. Stiller43 - Apr 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Report: Caps could miss playoffs

  2. bluesrawesome - Apr 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    lol whats with the shark?

    • Jason Brough - Apr 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Didn’t even notice the Shark. He seems friendly though.

    • subliminalnoize - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

      If memory serves right, that picture was taken during the canes game where they got rocked 5-0. Go figure on the shark.

      • stoneegratz - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM

        subliminal, im pretty sure the canes mascot is a pig. SO im pretty sure if theres a shark mascot in the picture, and they are wearing their whites, that they were playing the sharks in this picture…just saying

  3. capsfan19 - Apr 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Hmmm it seems the author has forgotten the last two times the caps have BEATEN the rangers in the playoffs…
    Look i understand everyone wants to discredit the caps, but if we make it the playoffs are a whole other animal. I have my doubts too but the way I’m going to look at it is this: with the past few years of capitals dominating in the regular season, basically laughing at most teams and then failing in the post-season, this year could be different. Why? Well maybe with a rough regular season the caps will “wake-up” so to speak. I know it sounds absurd but this is all a caps fan has to believe in at this point.

    • Jason Brough - Apr 1, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Pretty sure I only said the Rangers would have the goaltending advantage.

      • jond86 - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        Writer defending his article…this is new. I like it

  4. steviep23 - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Neuvirth can handle the playoff pressure. If they make it the key will be getting production from Backstrom, Green, and Semin. They’ve disappeared in past playoffs.

  5. watermelon1 - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Holtby was 10-2 last year for the Caps. Not really a rookie. And playing with the Caps “defense” in front of you… You’re probably not even a rookie after 1 period!

    • bcjim - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:50 AM

      FYI. The Caps were 4th in the NHL in GA/G last year.

    • wheresdapuck - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      It doesn’t matter who is in goal for the Caps, if the Caps D-men cannot clear the puck when they are being forechecked hard!

  6. bfu2point0 - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    this picture was taken at HP pavilion on January seventh when the caps played my sharks. I don’t see how anybody could think that this has anything at all to do with the hurricanes

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