Capitals’ Vitek Vanecek on NHL Debut, 2-1 Victory Over Sabres: “The Dream Came True”

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Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek made his NHL debut Friday night as the Capitals clashed with the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. A first career NHL game is one a player will never forget. The night became even better as the Capitals pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Sabres.

“The dream came true,” Vanecek said about playing his first career NHL game. “I’m so happy we won.” After that statement, Vanecek got a shaving cream towel to the face courtesy of forward Tom Wilson.

He noted he was a “little bit nervous”, but got comfortable and “better” as the game went on. “It feels so good,” Vanecek said to finally play in an NHL game.

Defenseman Justin Schultz was also on the call and expressed how Vanecek played a “huge” role in their win over Buffalo. “We weren’t playing well in front of him…he kept us in it.”

Hockey hugs for Vanecek followed the game by his teammates.

The 25-year-old made 30 saves in tonight’s game.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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