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Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek had a big night on Thursday, helping the team defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 at Capital One Arena. He made 36 saves in his first start since February 1 and notched his third shutout of the season.
It marked his fifth NHL shutout. His 36 saves are the most he’s made in a shutout in his career.
Vitek Vanecek made 36 saves to blank the Hurricanes – the most stops by a @Capitals goaltender in a shutout since March 22, 2018 (Philipp Grubauer: 39 saves at DET).#NHLStats: https://t.co/XKj4YAX53c pic.twitter.com/4QmZtGsqDf
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 4, 2022
Vanecek has recorded a .946 save percentage and 1.55 goals-against average over his last nine games dating back to January 15, a span that includes three shutouts.
First start since Feb. 1 and casually posts a 36-save shutout…
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 4, 2022
On Sunday, Vanecek was sent to the AHL’s Hershey Bears on a conditioning loan and played that night, making 21 stops on 23 shots faced. He was recalled by the Capitals the following day.
Vítek Vaněček zastavil všech 36 střel @Canes! Co říkáte na jeho nejlepší zákroky zápasu? 🧱
— NHL Česko (@NHLcz) March 4, 2022
The conditioning stint resulted after Vanecek suffered an injury in the first period of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 1.
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By Della Young