Goalie Tomas Vokoun could waltz around Consol Energy Center with a strut in his step these days.

After all he bailed out the Penguins last spring stepping in for a floundering Marc-Andre Fleury to carry his teammates to the Eastern Conference final perhaps saving some jobs along the way.

Vokoun though remains as unassuming as ever the loyal teammate who seems to willingly accept his role as the Penguins' No. 2 goaltender even if is performance last spring indicates he remains something more.

“All I do is control what I can control” Vokoun said. “And when the coach tells me to play I'm going to make sure that I'm ready to play well.”

While Fleury remains in the spotlight because of the noteworthy fluctuations in his game during the past few years Vokoun is still an important presence in the locker room.

He's also an important presence on the ice.

“We've become pretty good buddies” said defenseman Robert Bortuzzo whose locker stall is beside Vokoun's. “He really does mean a lot to this team. Just a great great guy in the locker room. And his play speaks for itself.”

The Penguins received quite the return for a seventh-round draft pick when they acquired Vokoun following the 2012 playoffs.

He was steady during the 2013 regular season delivered a stirring speech following a dreadful first period in Philadelphia on March 7 that triggered a 15-game winning streak.