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by Paul on 02/23/12 at 11:58 AM ET
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
En route to a 5-2 loss in Ottawa on Wednesday night, Washington spotted the Senators a four-goal head start. After the defeat Coach Dale Hunter repeatedly placed blame on the shoulders of goaltender Tomas Vokoun, largely without prompting from reporters.
“They jumped on us. Tomas would like a few of them back,” Hunter said when first asked about the Capitals’ tendency to fall behind early in games. “He wasn’t as sharp as he should have been, and it’s in the back of our net.”
Asked directly if he believed the team’s bad start was indicative of Vokoun’s performance, Hunter didn’t mince his words.
“We need some big stops early that’s part of the game and tonight we played a good, solid road game and we lose,” he said. “Goaltending is a big part of the game and we need good goaltending.”...
Vokoun was not requested by reporters after the loss to Ottawa but his agent, Allan Walsh, commented on the matter via text message.
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