Update 12:29 p.m.: Coach Dale Hunter didn’t offer any additional information on Vokoun’s status only to say “it’s a day-to-day thing”. He did say that the veteran goaltender suffered the injury in a warmup but did not go into specifics.
Hunter wouldn’t say if the Capitals plan to recall a goaltender for Sunday’s game. The Bears are scheduled to host the Binghamton Senators Saturday night in Hershey.
Original post: Goaltender Tomas Vokoun was absent from the Capitals’ practice Saturday because of a lower-body injury.
The team has not recalled a player from the AHL’s Hershey Bears yet and instead Washington’s director of media relations, Sergey Kocharov, is serving as the second netminder in practice.
It’s unclear when Vokoun, who hasn’t played since Feb. 22 at Ottawa, may have suffered the injury as he has taken part in each practice session since that game. Against the Senators, Vokoun allowed four goals on 11 shots and he was pulled after 32 minutes of play.
The injury to the 35-year-old Czech could explain why Washington didn’t make a change in net Friday night in a 5-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Michal Neuvirth started the contest against New Jersey and went on to allow five goals on 20 shots. Afterward, Coach Dale Hunter was asked why he didn’t pull the second-year netminder who gave up three goals on the first 10 shots he faced.
“I wanted Neuvy to battle through it,” Hunter said. “He didn’t have a great start so I wanted him to battle through it.”
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