Tomas Vokoun might not have been a part of the Capitals last year when the Tampa Bay Lightning swept them from the postseason, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t noticed a different intensity around the dressing room in the leadup to tonight’s contest.
“Obviously for this team today it’s something a little to prove, too,” Vokoun said. “They beat them four straight in the playoffs. I’m sure guys remember that and I’m certain coaches do. It’s something, I think is a statement game. Like I said, it’s second game of the season it only means two points but on the other hand you want to send a message back.”
Vokoun will make his debut in a Capitals sweater with an opportunity to help them make that statement against Tampa Bay, a team he is already quite familiar with from his time in Florida.
After Washington allowed two power plays to Carolina on Saturday, its task on the penalty kill won’t get any easier against the Lightning.
“I think they have a mix of skilled guys and they always put [Ryan] Malone in front of the net to make it hard on you to see the puck,” Vokoun said. “Obviously the power play is key, they’re feeding either side of [Vincent] Lecavalier and [Steven] Stamkos they’re a good team and so are we. I think we have to be more worried about ourselves than we are worried about them.”