Category Archives: Goaltending

2020 NHL GM Meetings: Player Health and Puck Tracking Are the Latest Hot Topics

The NHL GMs are ready to implement new technology on the ice. Continue reading

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While Braden Holtby Remains The Capitals’ No. 1 Goalie, Ilya Samsonov Needs To Be Tested Down The Stretch

Photo: @Capitals Goaltender Braden Holtby has secured the top spot in net for the Washington Capitals after rebounding from struggles throughout January when he went 2-6-0 with an .843 save percentage (the second-worst in the league during that period) and … Continue reading

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A Look at Trevor Hanger, the Washington Capitals’ Emergency Backup Goalie

The topic of emergency backup goalies has been taking the hockey world by storm recently ever since the phenomenal story of 42-year-old David Ayres suiting up for the Carolina Hurricanes last Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Emergency backup goalies … Continue reading

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42-Year-Old David Ayres Dresses As Hurricanes’ Emergency Backup vs. Maple Leafs

After goaltender James Reimer suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of the Carolina Hurricanes’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night, and backup Petr Mrazek got banged-up when he skated out to play the puck a little past … Continue reading

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Capitals Recall Goaltender Vitek Vanecek From AHL Hershey Bears

Photo: NHL.com The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Vitek Vanecek from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

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Ilya Samsonov Leaves Capitals’ Morning Skate Due To Injury

Goaltender Ilya Samsonov left the Washington Capitals’ morning skate on Tuesday due to injury after captain Alex Ovechkin hit him with a shot up high. The severity of the injury has yet to be determined. A shooter tutor has replaced … Continue reading

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Critical Points Are Up For Grabs As the Capitals Approach February

The Washington Capitals have a couple of winnable games before a tough start to February. Continue reading

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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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