Washington Capitals: Adding Tomas Vokoun Key to Potential Stanley Cup Journey

July 22nd, 2011 by Joshua Hayes Leave a reply »
The difference a goaltender can make is often underrated.  The difference in the statistics between net-minders seems much more minimal than the reality between the numbers, and those variations can so often be attributed to a number of factors such as shots allowed and team styles.

This is why adding Tomas Vokoun was the perfect answer for a Capitals team hungry to play in the fourth week of May (or longer).  The goalie played for a team that gave him every excuse in the book, but he gained experience and played excellently anyway.

With all of the offensive talent a team can muster, there is no hope of achieving the Stanley Cup without top-notch goaltending.  I've experienced a championship run first-hand and witnessed the reality of the NHL playoffs, which is decreased scoring.

No goalie, equals no chance.

As a Penguins fan, life in Pittsburgh has shown me the glory of playoff success, largely buoyed by Marc Andre-Fleury heroically rising to the occasion, overshadowed by scoring talents such as Sidney Crosby. His ability to make key saves during consecutive runs to the Stanley Cup Finals allowed me to understand the one c ...

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