No. 3 for VV! Vitek Vanecek Records Third Career Shutout In 2-0 Victory Over the New York Islanders

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With the Washington Capitals looking to break an 0-2-2 skid on Saturday afternoon and looking to add their first victory of the Year 2022, a strong performance by goaltender Vitek Vanecek helped the team secure a 2-0 shutout victory over the New York Islanders on Long Island.

With the Caps leading the Isles 1-0 heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation, the team and Vanecek stood strong en route to the team’s 21st win of the season and Vanecek’s third career shutout.

In his career, Vanecek has been dominant against the Capitals’ Metropolitan Division rival, now holding a record of 4-1-0 in six games, and recording two of his now-three career shutouts against New York.

Vanecek is now 7-4-5 on the 2021-22 season and made 23 saves in the effort against the Islanders. Having gone just 2-2-2 over his last seven games, with a .900 Save Percentage and allowing 20 goals, the performance against New York was a boost for a Capitals team that has had its fair share of struggles in the last handful of games.

Among goaltenders with 55 or fewer games played since 2020-21, Vanecek’s 28 wins are tied for third in the NHL (Jack Campbell: 35; Frederik Andersen: 32; Robin Lehner: 28).

Vanecek’s last start was December 19 against the Los Angeles Kings.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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3 Responses to No. 3 for VV! Vitek Vanecek Records Third Career Shutout In 2-0 Victory Over the New York Islanders

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is why we don’t trade for a goaltender.If D plays good we can beat anyone!

  2. Billy says:

    Goalies are only as good as D in front of them.Jon you are right about consistency.But I think needs are speed and youth.

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