Here to peer between the pipes is Caps Correspondent Adam Vingan.
Last night the Caps outlasted the Lightning 6-5 in a thrilling shootout victory. The real story, however, was the play of Tomas Vokoun, who made his regular-season debut in less-than-stellar fashion by allowing five goals on 28 shots. Vokoun called it his worst game in five years and said that the Caps “literally won today without goaltending.”
For someone who was appointed as the starter upon arrival in July, Vokoun looked nothing like a No. 1 goalie. Meanwhile, Michal Neuvirth made 28 saves on 31 shots in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes, leaving many to think that the Caps have a goalie controversy on their hands.
There really isn’t a right or wrong answer when it comes to this “dilemma,” but perhaps taking a look at the five goals Vokoun allowed would make things more clear. Below are all five goals that the Lightning scored. How many is Vokoun at fault for? Does Neuvirth have a case for the No. 1 spot?