Capitals’ Ilya Samsonov Becomes 10th Rookie Goaltender In NHL History To Win 9+ Consecutive Wins; Breaks Franchise Record

The Washington Capitals 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Thursday night was a big one that included an Ovechkin hat trick. However, goaltender Ilya Samsonov had a big night too. He has become the 10th rookie goaltender in NHL history to win nine consecutive decisions as well as set a franchise record for most consecutive wins as a rookie.

After recording his first-ever NHL shutout in Monday’s 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, Thursday’s contest against New Jersey marked Samsonov’s first consecutive set of starts in his career. On December 20, he made his debut against the Devils. Samsonov made 24 saves in the 6-3 win at Prudential Center.

Prior to tonight’s game, the 22-year old earned a win in each of his last eight starts dating back to November 30 versus the Detroit Red Wings, which was also a 5-2 win for Washington and game where Ovechkin netted his first hat trick of the season.

Samsonov’s streak without allowing a goal ended at 135:08 minutes over the course of three games. He stopped 55 consecutive shots.

The Capitals’ win improved Samonov’s record this season to 13-2-1, a .925 save percentage, and 2.11 goals-against average. He became the 10th rookie goaltender in NHL history to earn wins in 9+ consecutive decisions within a regular season, passing St. Louis Blues’ netminder, Jordan Binnington.

He also earned the second star in the Capitals’ “Three Stars of the Game”. He faced 34 shots, allowed two goals, and posted a .941 save percentage.

By Della Young

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5 Responses to Capitals’ Ilya Samsonov Becomes 10th Rookie Goaltender In NHL History To Win 9+ Consecutive Wins; Breaks Franchise Record

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Who are these guys? Caps played with more fire than they have in months.

    Sammy was lights out — as usual. He’ll be rewarded with a seat on the bench on Saturday
    Carl Hagelin was dealing and should have had a hat-trick. Gawd how I despise the goal-killing retro-offsides rule!

    Richard Panik has found his game and looks like the two-way excellence he was signed for
    I’m always delighted to beat NJD! That franchise has ruined many a great Caps season through the years

    Last two games have cooled-down the Coach’s seat — at least in my mind

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