Ilya Samsonov Exits Game Against New York Islanders After Collision With T.J. Oshie, (UPDATE: Returns With Three Minutes Left In Period)

Having played strongly since returning from the COVID-19 protocol list, Washington Capitals second-year goaltender Ilya Samsonov looked to continue his strong play against the New York Islanders on April 1. That start, however, was cut short, after Samsonov left the ice following a collision with teammate T.J. Oshie.

Going around to play the puck to the side of his net within the first 30 seconds of the first period, Samsonov was blind to Oshie coming in behind him. Oshie’s upper-chest area collided with Samsonov’s head, sending the former first-round pick to the ice.

Samsonov remained on the ice for several moments before talking with Head Athletic Trainer Jason Serbus and exiting to the locker room. Vitek Vanecek came in to relieve Samsonov. With 3:04 left in the first period, Samsonov returned to play and allowed a goal just over a minute later, after a turnover by the Capitals’ defense.

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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2 Responses to Ilya Samsonov Exits Game Against New York Islanders After Collision With T.J. Oshie, (UPDATE: Returns With Three Minutes Left In Period)

  1. Scottlew73 says:

    I think this answers the who’s #1 ?
    Samsonov is to brittle to be number #1, Vanecek has been reliable all years & clearly wants to be “The Man” when it comes to Caps goaltending!

    • Anonymous says:

      He had similar issues in Hershey. Had to leave the ice if he broke a nail. He needs some toughness

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