Capitals Prospect Ilya Samsonov Stellar in Recent Relief

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After giving up two goals in the first period, Metallurg goaltender Vasily Koshechkin was pulled from the net after 15 minutes of play and Caps prospect Ilya Samsonov was put in goal.

Samsonov allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots and stopped all 3 shooters he faced in the penalty shot session in relief to help lead Metallurg Magnitogorsk to a 4-3 shootout win over Traktor Chelyabinsk. Former Caps forward Wojtek Wolski tied the game shortly before the end of regulation for his 16th goal of the season. Denis Zaripov scored the only goal in the shootout for Magnitogorsk.


Samsonov was ranked as the top European Goalie in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and was the first goaltender drafted, taken 22nd overall by the Washington Capitals. His current record in the KHL is 6-3-2 with a 92.6 save percentage (%Sv) and a 2.14 goals against average (GAA).

By Andrei Poleshchuk

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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