Tomas Vokoun hopes to return to Capitals next week

Tomas Vokoun went through his most strenuous workout since aggravating a groin muscle injury in last Friday’s 3-2 loss in Winnipeg.

The Caps goalie skated for about 30 minutes – 15 minutes more than Thursday – and faced shots during a variety of drills.

“Hopefully it stays the same and I can do a little bit more tomorrow,” Vokoun said after an extremely sparsely attending morning skate. “Then we’ll see, maybe shoot for some time next week.”

One of the drills required Vokoun to repeatedly drop into his butterfly position and snap back to his skates. Although he appeared to be in some discomfort afterward, he remained on the ice for another 20 minutes and faced one-timers at the end of the session.

“I don’t know,” he added. “I could pull it and have setback. First I have to go through a full practice, which is an unpredictable situation. [Today] everything was kind of controlled. I just don’t want to do what I did last time because then it will be a long time do deal with it.”

Michal Neuvirth also skated this morning and worked with goalie Coach Olie Kolzig. Braden Holtby, however, did not practice after making a second consecutive start Thursday in Philly.

Coach Dale Hunter did not meet with reporters this morning. He’ll address the media before tonight’s game at Verizon Center.


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