After rough night, Vokoun happy with the win

After rough night, Vokoun happy with the win
November 2, 2011, 4:10 am
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He allowed four goals on just fifteen shots, saw his team go down 0-3 in the second period, and took a tripping penalty in the third, but after a wild night Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun left the Verizon Center with the only stat that counts: a win.

It was a fact the 35-year-old netminder made sure to point out after the 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, several times in fact.

Ill take the win, it doesnt matter how you get it, he said. We got the two points and thats what we came here for, you can always fix your save percentage.

It was a crazy game, I can tell you, it is not easy when you get four shots in the third period and a couple are two-on-ones, a couple are breakaways, and not much to grab on.

Though Vokoun saw just 15 shots, compared to the 40 blasted at counterpart Jonas Hiller, the Caps goaltender spoke from experience how not every shot on goal is the same.

They didnt shoot the puck at all, I dont remember one clean shot I got tonight, he said. You have to deal with whatever comes your way.

Blue-liner Dennis Wideman, whos assignment was adjusted after two goals squeaked by he and Roman Hamrlik early in the game, agreed completely with Vokouns claims.

We didnt give up a whole lot of shots but the shots that we gave up were quality scoring chances, he said. We gave them a lot of scoring chances that we need to cut down on.

The Capitals stayed in the game and overcame a three-goal deficit to escape with the win. It was the type of scoring Vokoun rarely saw with the Florida Panthers last season, a team that ranked 28th in the NHL with just 2.33 goals per game.

Vokoun said even when down three goals in the second period, or two goals late in the third, he knew the chance of victory still remained.

We knew they have a lot shorter bench and theyre going to be tired at the end of the game because they were playing most of the night two or three lines and double-shifting people.

We knew if we stuck with it we would eventually take the game over, he said. When you play the right way they always take care of themselves.

The Capitals needed five goals to beat the Ducks and Vokoun actually played a large role on one of them. In the second period Vokoun left the crease to shoot a clearing pass into the offensive zone. A scrum at the other end was the result and after an errant kick-save by Hiller, Brooks Laich set up Wideman for Washingtons second goal of the game.

In the end his role in the win was still evident, even if it didnt show up ideally in the boxscore.

Obviously it looks bad on paper, 15 shots on four goals, but I really wouldnt play the plays any differently.

Its not statistically great for me, but Ill take the win.