Ilya Samsonov Becomes The Quickest Rookie Goaltender In Capitals’ History To Win 10 Games

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With the Washington Capitals2-1 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, goaltender Ilya Samsonov became the quickest rookie goaltender in franchise history to win 10 games, accomplishing the feat in just 12 starts and 14 appearances. He made 27 saves in the victory.

The 22-year old has not lost a game since November 15 and he is 10-2-1 with a .918 save percentage, which ranks third among rookie netminders, and a 2.28 goals-against average, which is second only behind Chris Driedger of the Florida Panthers (1.69). He is currently second among rookie goaltenders in wins this season, behind only MacKenzie Blackwood of the New Jersey Devils, who has played 14 more games than Samsonov this season.

Samsonov told the media after the game that his mother was in attendance for the first time in his NHL career.

Among rookie goaltenders with at least four games played, Samsonov ranks first in points percentage (.807). Additionally, Samsonov ranks seventh in wins by a rookie Russian-born goaltender in NHL history. He currently has the second-lowest goals-against average among a Russian rookie goaltender with at least 10 games (Nabokov: 2.19 GAA) and has the highest save percentage.

By Harrison Brown

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7 Responses to Ilya Samsonov Becomes The Quickest Rookie Goaltender In Capitals’ History To Win 10 Games

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Sammy saved the Caps’ bacon last night vs CBJ.

    I feel a trade coming on. Caps will not win a Stanley Cup Championship with the roster exactly as it is today. GM MacLellan never sits back and “hopes for the best” and is a brutally honest evaluator of his team. Somebody somewhere will be moved, or sacrificed, both to improve the team and serve as a warning to other underachievers.

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