Tomas Vokoun will be the Penguins starting goaltender in Game 5 Thursday night against the NY Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center.
“We brought Tomas Vokoun in to play big games for us and be a goaltender we can count on to go in and play big games. He’s done that this year for us,” head coach Dan Bylsma said.
In four games – three starts – against the Islanders this season, Vokoun is 3-0 with a 0.90 goals-against average, a .970 save percentage and one shutout.
”He has been very good against the Islanders in the three games he’s played against the Islanders,” Bylsma said. “We’re getting a guy that is capable of being a great goalie for us.”
Vokoun, 36, has a 13-4 record for the Penguins this season with a 2.45 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage and three shutouts.
Vokoun has played 11 career playoff games, all with the Nashville Predators. Game 5 will be his first playoff action since 2007. He has a career .922 save percentage and one shutout in those 11 contests.
Marc-Andre Fleury started the first four games of the series. He went 2-2 with a 3.40 goals-against average, .891 save percentage and one shutout.
Vokoun will be the first playoff starting goaltender for the Penguins not named Fleury since Johan Hedberg in 2001.