Originally written January 10, 2013 on Fox - The Hockey Guy:
The condensed post-lockout NHL schedule will force teams to rely more heavily on their second goaltender. Back-to-back games will be commonplace as the league wedges 48 games in before the postseason begins.So newcomer Tomas Vokoun should play a vital role for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Starting Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury collapsed during the playoffs last season and the team wants to keep him fresh this season.Enter Vokoun, a long-time starter with 48 NHL shutouts to his credit. He signed as a free agent to fill the back-up role on a Stanley Cup contender.Vokoun did stellar work in Nashville and Florida before his unhappy stint in Washington, which was marred by a groin muscle injury.“Whatever chances I‘m going to get to play, that is probably totally up to me and how I play and how confident they feel in me,” Vokoun, 32, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “My decision (to sign with the Penguins) was based on I don‘t have that many more years to play and I want to be in a ...
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