Ilya Samsonov Blanks Sharks For Second Consecutive Shutout

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Ilya Samsonov stopped all 22 shots he faced Saturday night against the Sharks to post his second consecutive shutout, both on the Capitals’ current west coast road trip. It was his third shutout of the season, improving his record to 6-0-1 on the season.

With the blanking, Samsonov becomes the first Capitals goalie with consecutive shutouts since Braden Holtby in January of 2017. He is the first Capitals goalie to achieve the feat entirely on the road since Clint Malarchuk didi it In February, 1988. He extends his shutout streak to 151:27 of time on ice.

Saturday’s shutout marks the 12th time that a Capitals goaltender has recorded shutouts in consecutive starts and just the fourth time that feat has been achieved on the road

Samsonov and Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky (8-0-2) are the only goaltenders in the NHL this season with at least five starts and zero regulation losses.

Saturday’s win in San Jose extends Washington’s point streak to seven (6-0-1). Three of those six wins have come via the shutout route.

The Capitals wrap-up their annual west coast road trip Sunday night when they make their first visit to Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle to face the Kraken. Puck drop is set for just after 9:00 PM ET.

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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2 Responses to Ilya Samsonov Blanks Sharks For Second Consecutive Shutout

  1. steven says:

    I know that Sammy has had his problems but when the man does something like 2 shutouts in a row and he is not one of the 3 stars of the game is a disgrace! What Carlson did was for a career and that should not make him a star of the game. Under that premise any player who does anything to pass a career mark should be a star of the game. So sad on this one!

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