Capitals rookie netminder Ilya Samsonov recorded his first career NHL shutout Monday night in the Capitals 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. He stopped all 23 shots he faced.
For the season, Samsonov in now 13-2-1 with a 2.11 GAA and a .925 save percentage. He leads all NHL rookie goaltenders in goals against average and save percentage (minimum 10 starts).
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Samsonov is second amongst all goaltenders in goals against average and tied for 11th in save percentage (minimum 10 starts). He is the only goaltender with fewer than three losses (minimum 17 starts).
With his eighth straight win, Samsonov has now tied Bob Mason (8-0-0 from Dec. 2,1984 – Jan. 17, 1985) for the longest win streak by a rookie goaltender in franchise history.
Since November 30th, Samsonov has a 1.62 GAA and a .939 save percentage. He ranks first in the NHL in GAA and second in save percentage during that streak.
At 22 years and 325 days of age, Samsonov has become the sixth goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout before his 23rd birthday and the first since Braden Holtby on March 25, 2012 (Holtby: 22 years and 191 days old)
By Jon Sorensen