SUNRISE, Fla. -- Sudden thoughts and second thoughts as the Capitals wake up today in Sunrise, Fla., with sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division:
--Give Tomas Vokoun credit for the point in Tampa Tuesday night and while youre at it, give him the start tonight against the Panthers.
Vokoun was tremendous in turning aside 24 of 27 shots in regulation, including a breakaway stop on Steven Stamkos early in the third period that kept the score at 3-2 and allowed Troy Brouwer to tie it up minutes later.
Vokouns save of the season came in overtime when he made a diving glove save on a bewildered Vinny Lecavalier.
He cares and he wants to win and hell do anything to win, Caps coach Dale Hunter said.
Vokouns wife and two daughters live in southern Florida but he sat out the Capitals last visit to Sunrise back on Dec. 5, a 5-4 loss for Michal Neuvirth.
--The Capitals are now 1-0-1 in the first two games of Alex Ovechkins three-game suspension and are trying to tread water while they await the returns of Backstrom and Green, neither of whom have begun skating.
Ovechkin was put through a hard skate on Tuesday in Tampa and will go through the same routine today in Sunrise when the Caps take the ice at 11:30 a.m. at the BankAtlantic Center.
--It seems hard to fathom, but the Caps power play is ranked second in the NHL at home (23.8 percent) and 26th (12.5 percent) on the road.