“He Was The Backbone For Us Tonight”: Vitek Vanecek Makes Season-High 40 Saves in Capitals’ 5-2 Win Over Jets

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Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek had a fantastic Friday night in the team’s 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Life Centre. He made a season-high forty saves in the win.

Vanecek’s record on the season improved to 6-3-5, 2.47 goals-against average, and a .913 save percentage in 15 games started.

“He was awesome for us,” forward Conor Sheary said. “[Winnipeg] had some two-on-ones, some odd-man rushes, and point-blank chances that he seemed to be all over and didn’t give much net for them to shoot at…he’s been grinding through practices, hasn’t gotten too many games lately, but it’s great to see him battling and get us those two points.”

“It gives us a big boost on the bench when he’s making saves and doing that stuff and keeping us in the game so kudos to him.”

Forward Brett Leason also mentioned that Vanecek’s performance was “unbelievable,” adding that he “was the backbone for us tonight.” Head coach Peter Laviolette said Vanecek “was at his best” when the Jets pushed harder during the second period and made those key saves.

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 is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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