Vokoun deserves another start

Vokoun deserves another start
February 18, 2012, 8:29 pm
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News and notes as the Capitals prepare for tonights 7 p.m. puck drop against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa Times Forum.

Vokie watch: After allowing just one goal in a 2-1 win Friday night in Sunrise, look for goaltender Tomas Vokoun to get his second consecutive start tonight against the Lightning. Vokoun has allowed 10 goals in his last six starts. He has played on back-to-back nights twice this season and is 3-1 in those games.

Evenly matched: The Capitals are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games. Tampa Bay is coming off of a 6-5 overtime win over San Jose on Thursday and is 5-3-2 in its last 10 games.
On a roll: Since Dec. 23, Alex Ovechkin is tied for fifth in the NHL in goals (13 in that span). Ovechkin tallied 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) during the months of October and November (23 games) and has since recorded 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in his last 31 games.

Comeback kids: Friday nights win over Florida marked the fourth time this season the Capitals have won a game when trailing after two periods. The Caps are 17-0-0 this season when leading after two periods, one of just three teams that have not lost when leading going into the third period. The Capitals were the first team to defeat Florida this season when trailing after two stanzas. Washingtons 65 third-period goals are tied for fourth in the league.

Russian machine never breaks: Alex Ovechkin is one of just three players in the NHL (Ryan Callahan and Erik Cole are the others) with 140 or more hits and 20 or more goals. Ovechkin is tied for 15th in the NHL in goals (24) and tied for 26th in hits (145).

Tampa breeze: The Capitals are 21-3-2 against the Lightning in their last 26 contests (2-0-1 this season).

PPG: Six Capitals have notched a point-per-game or better against Tampa Bay this season, with Troy Brouwer leading the way (five goals in three games). Marcus Johansson, Brooks Laich and Dennis Wideman have all recorded three or more points in the first three games against Tampa Bay this season.

Shoot: For the first time this season the Caps have fired 60 or more shots toward the opposing net in each of four straight games. Washington launched 75 shots Friday night; getting 41 on goal, having 16 blocked and having another 18 miss the net. Friday nights 41 shots marked the first time the Capitals have fired 40 or more shots on goal in back-to-back games since March 13-15, 2011. The Capitals have now outshot their opponents in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 3-7 (three games).