Washington Capitals goalie prospect, Ilya Samsonov, who has struggled at the start of this KHL season, turned in a gem Thursday evening against Nizhnekamsk.
Samsonov stopped 46 of 48 shots he faced and then all four shootout attempts to get the points against Nizhnekamsk. He turned in this frenetic series of saves early in the contest.
The game would remain tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation and ultimately be decided via the shootout. Samsonov would stop all four attempts he faced to seal the victory for Metallurg.
With the win, Samsonov improves to 4-3 on the season with a .900 save percentage and 3.03 goals against average. Prior to his last two starts, Samsonov had an .881 save percentage with a 3.20 goals against average, so he is certainly beginning to trend in the right direction. Additionally, Metallurg has proven to have a suspect defense in the early going this season, so Samsonov’s slow start may not sit entirely upon his shoulders.
Samsonov is in the last year of his KHL contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, and will very likely report to Hershey no later than March, 2018 (end of KHL season), if all goes according to plan.
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By Jon Sorensen