10th: Tomas Vokoun posts first shutout in franchise history
/ Nashville Predators
January 15, 1999
After starting the Predators inaugural season third on the goaltending depth chart behind Mike Dunham and Eric Fichaud, Tomas Vokoun stopped all 31 shots he faced to author the first shutout in franchise history against the Phoenix Coyotes in the team’s 42nd game.
“We talked a lot about Dunham coming in, but Tomas Vokoun has come from almost nowhere," head coach Barry Trotz said. "We thought he'd be a good prospect, maybe after a year in Milwaukee. But he has been holding the ship afloat while Dunham's been hurt. We could be buried, 10-12 points out of a playoff spot. But Tomas has held the ship and kept us in games, like tonight."
Cliff Ronning, who started the season with the Coyotes, came back to haunt his former team by scoring a power-play goal in the first period, and sealed the deal with an empty netter at 19:01 of the third.
The then-22-year-old Vokoun was lights out in just the 15th start of his rookie season, withstanding 24 shots over the final two periods, which included stoning Juha Ylonen and Shane Doan on breakaways in the second frame.
"I was trying to think about winning first,” Vokoun said. “I first thought of the shutout when we got our second goal.”