Capitals Prospect Ilya Samsonov Improves to 7-0


Most fans of the Washington Capitals remember Ilya Samsonov as their first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.  He is currently playing in the KHL for Metallurg Magnitogorsk and is under contract with them through the 2017-2018 season. 

He earned his seventh victory of the 2016-2017 season in the game on November 12 when Metallurg played Lada Togliatti.  It was a wild, back and forth affair, where one team would score and the other team would tie it up.  Just past the mid-point of the game, the score was 3-3.

ilya-samsonov-washington-capitals-jpgHowever, Metallurg pulled ahead during the second period and scored an insurance goal during the third period to win the contest 5-3.  Metallurg regained first place in the Eastern Conference because of this win.  In this game, Samsonov faced 36 shots and saved 33 of them, for a percentage of .917.  This was the first game he had appeared in since October 26 where he was in goal against Metallurg Novokuznetsk which was a 3-2 win for Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

So far for the year, he has played 13 games and has compiled a 7-0 record.  He has made 204 saves in 222 opportunities for a save percentage of 91.9% and a Goals Against Average of 2.36.


Highlights of Nov 12 Game from KHL

By Diane Doyle

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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