Tomas Vokoun made his eighth consecutive start for the Capitals Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks but after giving up three goals on 17 shots the veteran netminder was yanked from the net. He was replaced by Michal Neuvirth, who gave up four goals on 26 shots in the final 40 minutes of play, at the start of the second but the ultimate result of the game didn't change as Washington suffered an ugly, decisive 7-4 loss to the Canucks.

After the game, Coach Bruce Boudreau explained why he made the switch.

"My thoughts were I just didn't think Tomas was very sharp," Boudreau said. "He played eight games in a row at a very high level. I thought the first and third goals weren't very good. I thought it was a good a time as any, Neuvy was sharp in practice, and I thought this was as good a time as any to get him involved in the game again."