NHL goaltender Tomas Vokoun has done such a great job of blocking shots in the previous playoff series that the Pittsburgh Penguins have decided to stick with him for Game 1 of their second-round playoff series against Ottawa on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old Vokoun came in to replace starter Marc-Andre Fleury who was struggling to play well, and helped the Penguins win Game 5 and 6 of Pittsburgh’s first-round playoff series with the New York Islanders last week. He stopped 66 of the 69 shots he faced against the Islanders as the Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time in three years.
This will be Vokoun’s 713th start in his career and the first time he’s started so far into the playoffs. He went 1-0 against the Senators this year, allowing just one goal in a 3-1 Pittsburgh victory last month.