Via Interpreter, Capitals’ Ilya Samsonov Describes “Challenging” COVID-19 Battle, Had Trouble Breathing And Walking

Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov returned to practice on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19 on January 19. After 20 days in quarantine and listed on NHL COVID-19 protocol, Samsonov, via an interpreter during today’s media availability, described battling the virus.

Samsonov said there were several “challenging” days where he felt sick. He had trouble breathing and walking, but is at a point currently that he is comfortable.

Head coach Peter Laviolette said on Sunday that Samsonov and center Evgeny Kuznetsov have been cleared to begin workouts. The 23-year-old did work with goaltending coach Scott Murray before practice started. Laviolette said during today’s post-practice media session that Samsonov remains day-to-day.

Samsonov and Kuznetsov were removed from the league’s COVID-19 protocol list earlier this evening.

By Della Young

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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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