Category Archives: Goaltending

Capitals’ Ilya Samsonov Becomes First Goalie In NHL History To Win His First Nine Road Games

Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov became the first goaltender in NHL history to win his first nine road games on Saturday afternoon when he made seven saves in the third period of the team’s 6-4 comeback … Continue reading

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Ilya Samsonov Has Hot Hand For Capitals

With goaltender Braden Holtby set to become an unrestricted free agent at the season’s end, Ilya Samsonov is using this year to make his case as an option for the Washington Capitals’ top goaltender next season. So far, he has … Continue reading

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Like Philipp Grubauer, Ilya Samsonov Has Appeared To Push Braden Holtby For Playing Time. How Do The Two Compare?

Photo: Newsday Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has struggled lately as he’s posted an .811 save percentage and has allowed 19 goals in his last five games, going 1-4-0 in that span. Meanwhile, goaltender Ilya Samsonov‘s .921 save percentage ranks … Continue reading

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Ilya Samsonov Becomes The Quickest Rookie Goaltender In Capitals’ History To Win 10 Games

Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images With the Washington Capitals‘ 2-1 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, goaltender Ilya Samsonov became the quickest rookie goaltender in franchise history to win 10 games, accomplishing the feat in … Continue reading

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Report: Braden Holtby, Capitals To Resume Contract Negotiations After Season

Photo: NBCSW Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman said during his “Saturday Headlines” segment on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada broadcast on Saturday night that goaltender Braden Holtby, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and the Washington Capitals will … Continue reading

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Now Is The Time For The Capitals To Give Ilya Samsonov More Starts

Ever since the Washington Capitals drafted goalie Ilya Samsonov with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the franchise has touted the now-22-year-old as the future of the franchise. After watching Samsonov go 8-1-1 in his first 10 starts, it’s … Continue reading

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Russian Goalie Memories: A Recall From Deep in the Heart of Texas and A Dazzling Debut

Christine Muschi/Reuters Capitals backup goaltender Ilya Samsonov is in his first season in the NHL and is seen as the future in net for the team going forward. In this piece, NoVa Caps’ Diane Doyle takes a look back at … Continue reading

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Birth Of A Beast: Retro Recap – Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins – November 5, 2010

Photos: NHL via Getty Images With the Washington Capitals about to face the Bruins tonight at TD Garden in Boston, I  thought I would take a look back to a prior contest that took place between the two teams on … Continue reading

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Capitals’ GM Brian MacLellan Doesn’t Think Contract Situation Impacted Braden Holtby’s Slow Start

Photo: NBCS Washington Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman wrote in his weekly “31 Thoughts” column on Sportsnet on Thursday that Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan told him that he doesn’t think goaltender Braden Holtby’s contract situation affected his play to start the … Continue reading

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NHL Power Rankings: The Sabres and Oilers Surprise; The Wild are Plummeting

Ranking all 31 NHL clubs through the middle of October. Continue reading

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