Evgeny Kuznetsov And Ilya Samsonov Remain Absent, John Carlson Returns To Practice

Washington Capitals’ goaltender Ilya Samsonov and centerman Evgeny Kuznetsov were once again absent from the team’s practice on Thursday, just two days before the team’s first playoff game. Both players have been sidelined since the beginning of last week for disciplinary reasons and COVID protocols.

Kuznetsov was officially added to the league’s COVID-19 protocol list last Tuesday. Both players were scratched for disciplinary reasons prior to the Capitals 6-3 win over the Rangers last Monday.

Samsonov was officially re-assigned to the team’s taxi squad and replaced on the active roster by Craig Anderson last week. Anderson stopped 28 of 29 shots faced in the Capitals’ 2-1 overtime win against the Flyers on Saturday.

Coach Laviolette said that both players have been in COVID protocol since last week, although Ilya Samsonov is not officially on the league’s COVID-related absences list.

This is the second time both players have been on the league’s COVID-19-related absences list this season. They were first added to the list in late January and Samsonov was officially diagnosed with COVID-19 at the same time.

John Carlson was a full participant in practice on Thursday. He said after practice he will be good to go for Game 1 on Saturday.

Capitals power play units in practice:

PP1: Carlson, Ovechkin, Backstrom, Wilson, Mantha.
PP2: Orlov, Schultz, Eller, Sprong, Sheary.

The Capitals and Bruins begin their best-of-seven series Saturday night at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:15 PM on NBC.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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7 Responses to Evgeny Kuznetsov And Ilya Samsonov Remain Absent, John Carlson Returns To Practice

  1. Anonymous says:

    Leaving the team high and dry is going to be tough for both players to recover from. Cant see any other scenario but them being dealt in the offseason.

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