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Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov had an odd start to Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers. He was absent at the beginning of the game before heading to the net 1:45 into the first period.
During postgame media availability, head coach Peter Laviolette said Samsonov “needed a minute” before puck drop. Vitek Vanecek started tonight’s game and was on the ice for not even two minutes before Samsonov returned.
After the Capitals were trailing the Panthers 3-1, Samsonov was pulled midway through the second period and Vanecek got the nod to go between the pipes. That decision was made by Laviolette, who said, “That was me, just making a call and not liking the way the game went. There were just things I thought we could have done better, things that he could have done better.”
Peter Laviolette pulled Ilya Samsonov after the Panthers’ third goal of the night.
“That was me, just making a call and not likin the way the game went. There were just things I thought we could have done better, things that he could have done better.” https://t.co/2Mgy88tYky
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) November 5, 2021
Also worth mentioning is Panthers’ goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky not returning at the start of the second period due to an upper-body injury. Spencer Knight started for the middle frame.
Bob and Sammy must have had dinner at the same place last night. 🙄
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) November 5, 2021
Washington fell to Florida 5-4 in overtime.
By Della Young