Vokoun allowed four goals on 21 shots through the first 40 minutes of play – two tallies he would like to have back and two redirections that he could do little to stop – and he did not finish the contest. Tuesday’s game marked the third time this season Vokoun has been pulled from the net.
“It was terrible performance,” Vokoun said afterward. “Certainly not pleasant and it’s unfortunate in a game like that there’s not really much to say. It was a bad performance by me.”
The first goal, may have been the toughest to take. Scott Hartnell took a wrist shot as he skated down the left wing that should have been a routine save, but instead the puck went between Vokoun’s legs and gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with 16:16 gone in the first. It siphoned the energy out of the building.
Vokoun acknowledged it was a bad goal afterward, but Coach Dale Hunter said that regardless of the quality of the goal the Capitals need to learn to bounce back and not let a single tally set them on their heels.
“It happens in a game. We’ve got to learn to rebound from it, learn from it and come back,” Hunter said. “We were playing a pretty good first but the game of hockey happens.”
The coach was not particularly harsh when asked about Vokoun’s play specifically.
“We all know he would like a couple back. He knows it. Everybody knows it,” Hunter said. “The other three were tipped out of the air — just tipped and lucky it went in.”
Philadelphia’s second goal wound up going off Mathieu Perreault’s stick in front. The third, Wayne Simmonds tipped a point shot in front. The fourth goal, Max Talbot’s shot bounced off Vokoun’s arm and into the net.
“The fourth one, I didn’t see it. Just went through our defenseman but still you’ve got to make the save, there’s not excuses,” Vokoun said. “It was a bad game by me. I didn’t help the team at all and that’s my job. There’s not really much else I can say.”
In his past six games, Vokoun is 2-4 and has a .897 save percentage having made 158 saves out of 176 shots he’s faced.