Tomas Vokoun Absent From Practice

Washington Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun was absent from the Capitals practice this morning due to an apparent lower-body injury.

The team has not recalled a player, goaltender to be specific, from the AHL Hershey Bears. Instead of recalling the Bear’s Braden Holtby, who was called up earlier in February to start a game, the Capitals’ director of media relations, Sergey Kocharov, served as the second netminder in practice.

It is unclear when Vokoun may have suffered the injury. He hasn’t played since February 22 at Ottawa, and has practiced in each session since that date, up until today. In his last game, Vokoun surrendered four goals on 11 shots and was pulled after 32 minutes of play.

This apparent injury could explain why the Capitals did not look to make a change in net against the Devils last night in a game that resulted in a 5-0 loss. Michal Neuvirth, who started in net against the Devils, gave up five goals on 20 shots. When asked after the game why he didn’t pull the goalie, Dale Hunter responded with he wanted Neuvirth to battled through the adversity.

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