The Bronx cheers filled the air at Verizon Center when Tomas Vokoun made a routine save. This was his Capitals debut, and he was in the middle of a nightmare performance of bad bounces and pucks winding up behind him when they shouldn't have.

"If you asked Tomas, he would be the first one to tell you it was probably not the way he wrote the script," coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Vokoun was the first to say it, conceding this certainly wasn't his best night.

"I can't tell you the last time I remember having as bad a game as I did tonight," he said following the Caps' 6-5 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Indeed, the Caps are 2-0 on the season – and much of it can be credited to Vokoun bouncing back from a dreadful three periods to keep his team in it in overtime and then in the shootout.

Redemption, thy name is Tomas– even if he doesn't want to take credit.

"It just shows how strong this team is. They literally won today without goaltending," said Vokoun, who finished with 23 saves on 28 shots. "We won the game – certainly not thanks to me."

Regulation was not Vokoun's brightest moment. The Lightning scored once by banking the puck off Mike Green's skate, and twice from below the goal line difficult angles that shouldn't lead to the red light coming on.