The Washington Capitals announced on Saturday morning that they have re-assigned goaltender Ilya Samsonov from the Hershey Bears to the Capitals taxi squad and re-assigned goaltender Pheonix Copley from the Capitals taxi squad to the Hershey Bears.
#Caps re-assign goaltender Ilya Samsonov from Hershey (AHL) to Taxi Squad, and re-assign goaltender Pheonix Copley from Taxi Squad to Hershey.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) February 27, 2021
While in Hershey Samsonov made two starts, one against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on February 24 and one against the Binghamton Devils on February 26. He stopped 40 of 47 shots for a .851 game save percentage in the two games.
Samsonov has played in just two games for the Capitals so far in the 2020-21 NHL season, before he was added to the NHL’s COVID-related absences list in January 20. He was 1-0-0-1 with a 3.36 GAA and a .868 save percentage in his two appearances. Samsonov returned from the COVID-related absences list on February 8th.
Samsonov was previously sent to Hershey on February 14. He went 1-0-1-0, stopping 46 of 52 shots for a 2.95 GAA and a .885 save percentage in the two games played. The Capitals recalled Samsonov from Hershey on February 21.
The Capitals begin a two-game set with the New Jersey Devils Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM. Game two is set for Sunday at 3:00 PM.
The Hershey Bears host the Binghamton Devils Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM.
By Jon Sorensen