Ilya Samsonov Earns Fourth Career Shutout in Capitals’ 2-0 Win Over Coyotes

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Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov earned his first shutout of the 2021-22 season and fourth overall in the 2-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes Friday night. He stopped all 16 shots faced.

After the first two periods remained scoreless, action finally occurred with a power-play goal from defenseman John Carlson late in the final frame and later an empty-net goal by captain Alex Ovechkin to seal the deal.

Samsonov faced 16 shots by Arizona and stopped all of them, recording his first shutout of the season and fourth of his career.

The Capitals’ locker room awards have gone Vikings-inspired this season. Samsonov earned the shield tonight, which is given to the best defensive player of the game.

For the NHL’s opening month of October, Samsonov has gone 3-0-1 in four games played, 2.43 goals-against average, and a .904 save percentage.

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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