It was a simple question asked of Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz, who had Tomas Vokoun as a goaltender for eight seasons: Did facing a ton of shots take a toll?

His answer was just as simple - that Vokoun thrived under that sort of pressure, much of which he also endured in four seasons with the Florida Panthers before signing with the Washington Capitals in July. And even though the 35-year-old may not have liked being under siege, it's something he got used to.

With the Capitals, Vokoun has to adjust to facing fewer shots and trying not to let his mind wander and also to "what if" questions and wondering what happens if things go wrong.