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East Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
37-16-3 77
36-15-5 77
33-16-7 73
32-17-7 71
27-23-6 60
25-23-8 58
19-30-7 45
15-34-7 37

2020 Goaltending

STATS W
Wins
L
Losses
OTL
Overtime Loss
GAA
Goals Against Average
SV%
Saves Percentage
SO
Shutout
Regular Season 13 4 1 2.69 .902 2
Post Season 0 3 0 2.99 .899 0

Top Ilya Samsonov News

  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Inks one-year deal

    Samsonov (undisclosed) penned a one-year, $2 million contract with Washington on Monday.

    Samsonov went 13-4-1 with two shutouts and a 2.69 GAA in 19 appearances this past season while splitting the crease with Vitek Vanecek (lower body). The No. 1 job will almost certainly be up for grabs during training camp with the duo likely to divide the workload during the 2021-22 campaign.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Won't play in World Championship

    Samsonov (undisclosed) won't join Team Russia for the IIHF World Championship tournament in Latvia, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

    Samsonov was originally expected to join Team Russia after getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Bruins on Sunday, but an undisclosed injury will prevent him from doing so. The 24-year-old goaltender went 13-4-1 while posting a 2.69 GAA and a .902 save percentage in 19 regular-season appearances before suffering three straight losses to the Bruins in the playoffs while posting a sub-par 2.99 GAA and .899 save percentage.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Headed to World Championships

    Samsonov will join Russia for the IIHF World Championships, Martin Merk of IIHF.com reports.

    Samsonov should be fairly fresh given that he has only played three games since May 1, posting a 2.99 GAA and .899 save percentage behind a 0-3 record in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The 24-year-old managed a 2.69 GAA and .902 save percentage behind a 13-4-1 record in 19 starts during the regular season.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Takes season-ending loss

    Samsonov allowed three goals on 19 shots in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins.

    Samsonov kept the Bruins at bay in the first period, but they struck twice in the second en route to the series-clinching win. The 24-year-old Samsonov gave up 10 goals on 99 shots in his three appearances in the series. The Russian netminder is a restricted free agent this offseason. He'll likely head into the 2021-22 campaign battling for the starting job with Vitek Vanecek.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Gets nod in elimination game

    Samsonov was the first goalie off the ice at Sunday's morning skate, suggesting that he'll start Game 5 against the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

    After his game-ending blunder in double overtime marred an otherwise strong Game 3 performance, Samsonov was less effective in Game 4, allowing four goals on 37 shots as the Capitals reached the precipice of elimination. He'll need to be better in Game 5 with the season on the line, and so will the group of skaters in front of him.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Gets little help in Game 4 loss

    Samsonov turned aside 33 shots in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 4 of their first-round series.

    Three of Boston's goals came on the power play, and the Caps didn't even get on the board until they were already down 3-0 in the third period. Samsonov has faced a whopping 80 shots while losing two straight games, and whether he's back in net in Game 5 or Washington turns back to Vitek Vanecek, the team will need to give its goalie a lot more help if it's going to get back in this series.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Gets starting nod

    Per JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington, Samsonov was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll patrol the crease during Friday's Game 4 on the road against the Bruins.

    Samsonov played pretty well in Wednesday's Game 3 versus Boston, stopping 40 of 43 shots, but a miscommunication between he and Justin Schultz in double overtime ultimately led to Craig Smith's game-winning goal. The 24-year-old backstop will try to shake off that costly mistake and help his team even the series at two games apiece by picking up his first win of the postseason Friday.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Costly OT gaffe in Game 3

    Samsonov (undisclosed) stopped 40 of 43 shots in a 3-2 double-overtime loss to Boston in Game 3 on Wednesday.

    Samsonov was terrific for Washington, but a miscommunication behind the net with defenseman Justin Schultz led directly to Craig Smith's overtime winner. Samsonov set the puck along the end boards for Schultz, who appeared to peel away in the other direction, allowing Smith to pounce on the loose puck and wrap it around before Samsonov could react. Despite the miscue, Samsonov likely performed well enough to earn the start in Game 4 on Friday.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Starting Game 3

    Samsonov (undisclosed) will tend the road twine for Wednesday's clash with Boston, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.

    The Russian took morning skate ahead of the clash, and as evidenced by this news, he'll return to the lineup for the first time since May 1. Samsonov was solid in the regular season, going 13-4-1 along with a 2.69 GAA and .902 save percentage in 19 appearances. The 24-year-old didn't face the Bruins often this season, accumulating a record of 0-1-0, and stopping 34 of 39 shots he faced in two appearances.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Takes morning skate

    Samsonov (not injury related) took part in Wednesday's morning skate, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

    Samsonov may be well enough to serve as the backup for Wednesday's Game 3 in Boston, but no official word regarding the 24-year-old's return has been made. Expect further updates prior to puck drop.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Will make trip

    Samsonov (not injury related) will make the trip to Boston for Wednesday's Game 3 versus the Bruins, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Samsonov returned to practice Sunday after clearing the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Saturday, but at this point it isn't clear if he'll be in consideration to get the start in goal Wednesday. Vitek Vanecek is currently sidelined with a lower-body injury, leaving Craig Anderson as the Capitals' de facto No. 1 option in net, so Washington could certainly benefit from a return to action by Samsonov.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Not ready to play yet

    Samsonov (undisclosed) will miss Monday's Game 2 against the Bruins, NBC Sports reports.

    Samsonov's still getting up to speed after clearing COVID-19 protocols over the weekend. Washington will also be without Game 1 starter Vitek Vanecek (lower body), so Craig Anderson will patrol the crease Monday while Pheonix Copley works in a backup role. Samsonov and Vanecek are in a race to regain game fitness, and whomever does so first will likely take on the starting role moving forward.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Returns to practice Sunday

    Samsonov (undisclosed) was on the ice for Sunday's practice, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

    With Vitek Vanecek (undisclosed) exiting Saturday's Game 1 win in the first period, Samsonov could be thrust into a Game 2 starting role Monday if he shows sufficiently good form in practice Sunday. Samsonov was removed from COVID-19 protocols Saturday, and Sunday marks his first time on the ice in just over two weeks, so he could be dealing with some rust. Craig Anderson got the win in relief Saturday and will likely get the nod for Game 2 if neither Vanecek nor Samsonov are deemed ready.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Not playing in Game 1

    Samsonov (undisclosed) isn't dressed for Saturday's Game 1 against Boston, with Craig Anderson working as the backup to Vitek Vanecek, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

    Samsonov cleared COVID-19 protocols Saturday but wasn't able to practice and hasn't seen game action since May 1, so he won't dress in a backup role. Expect the Russian netminder to suit up for Game 2 on Monday after getting a practice under his belt Sunday, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be the starter or backup in Monday's game.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: No longer in COVID protocols

    Samsonov is no longer listed in the league's COVID-19 protocols, so he'll be eligible to play in Saturday's Game 1 against the Bruins and could back up Vitek Vanecek, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

    Samsonov had been in the protocols Friday but was apparently able to clear them Saturday. He didn't practice Saturday and will thus cede the starter's crease to Vanecek, but Samsonov will be an option to start Monday's Game 2. Which goalie gets the nod Monday will likely be determined by Vanecek's Game 1 performance.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Remains in COVID protocols

    Samsonov (COVID-19 protocols) didn't participate in Saturday's morning skate and will miss Game 1 against the Bruins, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

    Vitek Vanecek will get the start in his playoff debut, while Craig Anderson's set to work in a backup role. Samsonov will hope to clear the protocols in time for Monday's Game 2, though it remains to be seen whether he'll unseat Vanecek as starter once available.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: On roster, still in protocol

    Samsonov (COVID-19 protocol) was recalled from the taxi squad Wednesday, per CapFriendly.

    Samsonov will be on the Capitals' postseason roster. Vitek Vanecek has handled a larger workload than expected in 2020-21 and could enter the playoffs as the No. 1 goalie. Samsonov will be able to challenge for playing time once he clears the virus protocols.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Sidelined for season finale

    Samsonov (COVID-19 protocols) will remain out of the lineup for Tuesday's season finale against the Bruins, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Samsonov will have four days to clear the protocols before the Capitals begin postseason play Saturday, also against the Bruins. Vitek Vanecek will start Tuesday's game and should continue to work as Washington's No. 1 goalie in Samsonov's absence. Given Vanecek's strong play, it's not a given that Samsonov will take back the top job in Washington's crease once he gets healthy. The Russian netminder will finish the regular season with a 13-4-1 record, 2.69 GAA and .902 save percentage.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, Russia
Age: 24
Experience: 2
Shoots: Left