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Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
54-20-8 116
52-24-6 110
46-25-11 103
44-26-12 100
37-35-10 84
37-38-7 81
27-46-9 63
25-46-11 61

2021 Goaltending

STATS W
Wins
L
Losses
OTL
Overtime Loss
GAA
Goals Against Average
SV%
Saves Percentage
SO
Shutout
Regular Season 23 12 5 3.02 .896 3
Post Season 1 3 0 2.97 .912 0

Top Ilya Samsonov News

  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Falls short Friday

    Samsonov allowed four goals on 31 shots in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers in Game 6.

    Samsonov let a couple of one-goal leads slip away, and it took a late T.J. Oshie tally to get the contest to overtime. There, Carter Verhaeghe tallied 2:46 into the extra session, ending the Capitals' season. Samsonov went 1-3 in the playoffs, allowing 13 goals on 148 shots across five appearances. He's set for restricted free agency after going 23-12-5 with a 3.02 GAA and an .896 save percentage in 44 regular-season games -- those ratios being the worst marks in his three-year career.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Starting Friday

    Samsonov will tend the twine at home in Friday's Game 6 against Florida, Andrew Gillis of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Samsonov will backstop the Capitals as they face elimination for the first time this series. The 25-year-old sports a 2.68 GAA and a .932 save percentage behind a 1-2-0 record during this postseason and will be highly motivated for a good performance against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Panthers.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Unravels in loss

    Samsonov allowed five goals on 38 shots in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Panthers in Game 5.

    For the second straight game, Samsonov wasn't able to protect a lead for the Capitals. This time, he allowed five unanswered goals as the Panthers pulled off a big comeback to go ahead 3-2 in the series. Samsonov has done fairly well with nine goals allowed across his four appearances, but the back-to-back losses leaves some question as to which goalie head coach Peter Laviolette turns to for Friday's must-win Game 6.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Gets starting nod for Game 5

    Samsonov will guard the road goal during Wednesday's Game 5 versus the Panthers, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.

    Samsonov was pretty solid in Monday's Game 4 against Florida, stopping 29 of 32 shots, but he still came away with his first loss of the playoffs due to insufficient goal support from his teammates. The 25-year-old backstop will try to bounce back and secure his second win of the postseason in a rematch with the same Panthers squad Wednesday.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: First goalie off Monday

    Samsonov was the first goalie to leave the ice at Monday's morning skate, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports, indicating he'll be in goal at home for Game 4 against Florida.

    After coming into Game 2 in relief of Vitek Vanecek, Samsonov was named the Game 3 starter versus the Panthers and didn't disappoint, stopping 29 of 30 shots in a winning effort. The Caps will likely continue to ride the hot hand between the pipes, so Samsonov should be expected to remain the starter until he proves otherwise.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Stops 29 in overtime loss

    Samsonov allowed three goals on 32 shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Panthers.

    Samsonov was sharp Monday, forcing overtime despite the Panthers outshooting the Capitals 32-16. The 26-year-old netminder has a .949 save percentage (four goals on 79 shots) since relieving Vitek Vanecek in Game 2. Samsonov likely earned another start in Game 5 with the series tied 2-2. Still, Washington's goaltending situation is worth monitoring before Wednesday's contest.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Tames cats with strong game

    Samsonov made 29 saves in a 6-1 win over Florida in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Saturday.

    It was his first NHL playoff win. Samsonov made his series debut in Game 2 on Thursday when he relieved Vitek Vanecek in a 5-1 loss. The only goal he surrendered Saturday came early when Jonathan Huberdeau beat him far side with a wrister from the top of the left circle off a rush. Samsonov then tightened his pads and stymied the Presidents' Trophy winners the rest of the way. The crease is his now.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Starting Saturday

    Samsonov will get the start at home for Saturday's Game 3 against the Panthers, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

    Samsonov stopped all 17 shots faced after relieving Vitek Vanecek In the third period of Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Panthers. The 24-year-old Russian has never won a playoff game and sports a ghastly 3.28 GAA and .882 save percentage behind a 6-3-2 record over his last 12 starts, but the Capitals are hopeful Samsonov will rise to the occasion against the President's Trophy-winning Panthers.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Stops 17 in relief

    Samsonov entered the game in the third period and stopped all 17 shots faced in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Panthers.

    Samsonov started the third in net after Vitek Vanecek allowed five goals in the first two periods. It was a solid mop-up effort from the 25-year-old netminder who posted a 23-12-5 record with a .896 save percentage during the regular season. Washington's goalie situation will be worth monitoring the rest of the series. Samsonov may have earned a chance to start Game 3.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Takes loss at MSG

    Samsonov allowed three goals on 33 shots in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers.

    Samsonov finishes the regular season with a 23-12-5 record, 3.02 GAA and .896 save percentage. The 25-year-old Russian went 1-3-1 in his final five starts, and he'll likely open the playoffs as the backup to Vitek Vanecek. Washington's the second wild card in the Eastern Conference and will face the top-seeded Panthers in the first round.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Starting season finale

    Samsonov will guard the road goal during Friday's regular-season finale versus the Rangers, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

    Samsonov struggled in his last start Tuesday against the Islanders, surrendering four goals on just 26 shots en route to a 4-1 defeat. The 25-year-old netminder will try to shake off that poor performance and end the regular season with a bang by securing his 24th win of the year in a road matchup with a slumping Rangers team that's lost three straight games.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Tending twine versus Isles

    Samsonov will defend the cage at home against the Islanders on Tuesday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

    Samsonov has posted a 4-1-1 record in his last six contests despite a 3.27 GAA and .885 save percentage. At this point, the competition for Game 1 postseason starter between the 25-year-old Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek likely remains wide open with three more games to go.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: In goal Wednesday

    Samsonov will get the starting nod on the road versus Vegas on Wednesday, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

    Samsonov has appeared in five of the Caps' last seven contests and is certainly making a push to be named the postseason starter. In those last five outings, the 25-year-old netminder went 4-1-0 with a 3.13 GAA and .889 save percentage. Still, despite the recent workload, fantasy players should be expecting Vitek Vanecek to get some opportunities down the stretch, as well.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Falls short in overtime

    Samsonov allowed four goals on 30 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Golden Knights.

    It's hard to fault Samsonov on the game-winner -- Shea Theodore caught the Capitals' defense napping. Samsonov has been decent at getting results lately with a 6-1-1 record in his last nine outings, but he's given up 25 goals in that span. The 25-year-old is at 23-10-5 with a 2.99 GAA and an .897 save percentage in 42 appearances. Samsonov has not played in more than two straight games since February, so it seems likely Vitek Vanecek will start Friday in Arizona.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Sharp in victory

    Samsonov stopped 24 of 26 shots in Monday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche.

    Samsonov was pulled from his last start after allowing four goals on 19 shots, so this was an impressive bounce-back performance against the second-highest scoring offense in the league. With Washington having clinched a playoff spot, Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek have essentially split time in net down the stretch. Following Monday's victory, Samsonov boasts a 4-1 record since the start of April.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Guarding road cage

    Samsonov will be in goal for Monday's road matchup with Colorado, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.

    Samsonov will face the unenviable task of shutting down an Avs' offense that is averaging 5.2 goals per game over its last five outings. Despite a 3-1-0 record over his last four appearances, the netminder's numbers haven't been that great of late as he is sporting a 3.45 GAA and .880 save percentage over that stretch. Considering Samsonov got the hook his last time out, fantasy players may want to pursue alternate goaltending options heading into Monday's matchup.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Heads to showers early

    Samsonov was chased from the net in the second period Thursday after yielding four goals on 19 shots in an eventual 7-3 loss to Toronto.

    He was replaced by Vitek Vanecek. Samsonov had been decent over his last three starts, going 3-0-0 with eight goals allowed. But he was at the mercy of a buzzing Leafs' squad on Tuesday that rolled over him and the Caps like unrelenting waves. Samsonov still has a chance to play in the post season, but he will need to sharpen his focus to earn that.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Back in goal Thursday

    Samsonov -- who stopped 19 of 21 shots in Tuesday's win over the Flyers -- will return to the crease against Toronto on the road Thursday, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.

    Samsonov is riding a five-game winning streak during which he posted a 2.74 GAA and .885 save percentage. During the stretch, the netminder has only faced over 30 shots once and will likely continue to see limited rubber moving forward. At this point, if Samsonov continues to rack up wins, he could secure his place as the Game 1 postseason starter over Vitek Vanecek.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Facing Flyers on Tuesday

    Samsonov will start Tuesday against visiting Philadelphia, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Samsonov is currently enjoying a four-game winning streak and has produced a tidy 21-9-4 record overall, but he still owns a lackluster .899 save percentage. The opposing Flyers have the league's worst road offense with a 32nd-ranked 2.34 average goals for this season.

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  • Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Win streak at four

    Samsonov stopped 29 shots in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Penguins.

    Pittsburgh took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission, but Samsonov shut the door the rest of the way while the Washington offense kept humming. The netminder has won four straight starts, but much of the credit goes to the Capitals' goal scorers as Samsonov has a 2.90 GAA and .881 save percentage over that stretch.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, Russia
Age: 25
Experience: 2
Shoots: Left