Ilya Samsonov Records First Career Shutout, Continues Impressive Start To NHL Career


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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).

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

About Jon Sorensen

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 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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5 Responses to Ilya Samsonov Records First Career Shutout, Continues Impressive Start To NHL Career

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Why is it that 350,000 Caps fans worldwide can see that the Caps are a winning franchise with Sammy in goal — and a losing stinker with Holeby in net — but our $500/hour Future Hall of Famer Washington Capitals Head Coach T. Reirden can’t see it?

    Better effort last night vs CAR. Sammy and Ovie to the rescue. At least two completely imaginary stick-fouls called against the Caps. The NHL gambling industry at work again.

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