SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers G Tomas Vokoun has been named the National Hockey League’s First Star of Week.
“Our entire team is playing well right now and I am fortunate and honored to receive this recognition,” said Vokoun. “We are playing high-pressure, disciplined hockey, controlling the play on both ends of the ice and showing a lot of confidence each night.”
Vokoun, 34, stopped 89 of 91 shots last week posting a 2-1-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average and .978 save percentage, highlighted by back-to-back shutouts. Vokoun turned aside 33 of 35 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 11, stopped 27 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Oct. 14 and made 29 saves for his 40th career shutout as the Panthers blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-0, in front of a sellout crowd at the BankAtlantic Center on Oct. 16. He currently sits seven shutouts shy of tying Roberto Luongo (26) for the franchise’s all-time mark.
With the win on Oct. 16 against Tampa Bay during the Panthers’ home opener, the Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic native, improved to 2-2-0 on the season with a 1.26 goals-against average (6th in NHL) and .952 save percentage (7th in NHL). Vokoun is one of just three active goaltenders to have posted 20-plus victories in each of the past seven seasons, joining Roberto Luongo and Marty Turco.
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