Ilya Samsonov Leaves Capitals’ Morning Skate Due To Injury

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov left the Washington Capitals’ morning skate on Tuesday due to injury after captain Alex Ovechkin hit him with a shot up high. The severity of the injury has yet to be determined. A shooter tutor has replaced Samsonov during the team’s skate.

Samsonov had to be helped by Ovechkin and trainers to the locker room.

The 22-year old has started each of the Capitals’ past two games and ranks third in the NHL with a 2.21 goals-against average and ninth with a .923 save percentage in his rookie season. He had won 11 straight games before making 29 saves in the Capitals’ 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

The Capitals host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington) and since the team doesn’t play again until Saturday and that Goaltender Braden Holtby hasn’t started since the Capitals’ 5-4 loss to the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, he was going to start anyway.

Head coach Todd Reirden said that Vitek Vanecek will be called-up from the AHL’s Hershey Bears in case Samsonov can’t back-up Holtby against the Kings.

By Harrison Brown

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2 Responses to Ilya Samsonov Leaves Capitals’ Morning Skate Due To Injury

  1. Scott Lew says:

    Maybe if shooter tooter works well enough,it can be hired as more competent GM!

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    Ovi shots hurt. Period.

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