Category Archives: Goaltending

A Solid Beginning Between the Pipes: Vitek Vanecek Continues Strong Start to the 2021-22 Season In 4-1 Victory Over New Jersey

Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images Entering this season, the goaltending dynamic of the Washington Capitals saw young netminders Vitek Vanecek and 2015 first-round pick Ilya Samsonov set to compete for playing time. Through the team’s first four games, Vanecek has … Continue reading

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Ilya Samsonov Has “A Couple Extra Days For Recovery” From His Lower-Body Injury After Taking the Ice for the First Time Since Saturday

After the re-acquisition of goaltender Vitek Vanecek during the offseason, the Washington Capitals look to head into the 2021-22 regular season with both Vanecek and fellow young netminder and former first-round pick Ilya Samsonov in net. During the Capitals’ 3-1 … Continue reading

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“We Are Pushing Each Other, But In A Good Way”: Vitek Vanecek Talks Competition with Ilya Samsonov, Rollercoaster Offseason, and Recovering From Injury

Perhaps no member of the Washington Capitals had more of a rollercoaster offseason than goaltender Vitek Vanecek. After a strong rookie campaign in 2020-21, the Capitals left him exposed in the 2021 Expansion Draft, in which he was selected by … Continue reading

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Hockey and All That – The Goalie Go-Round Edition

Photo: David Zalubowski / AP This was an off season where goalie movement was truly a carousel, with many goalies switching teams through either the expansion draft, free agency, or trades. In fact, several teams replaced their entire goaltending corps. … Continue reading

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The Parallel Paths of Vitek Vanecek and Alex Nedeljkovic

They were born just two days apart. Both were second round draft picks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and drafted just two picks apart. During their time in their drafting team’s organizations, both were ultimately passed on the depth … Continue reading

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The Russian Invasion: An Updated Look At The Influx Of Russian Netminders In The Metropolitan Division

In recent seasons we’ve seen a tremendous wave of new Russian-born goaltenders begin to make an impact in the Metropolitan Division. NoVa Caps examined this before the 2019-20 season and provided an update prior to the 2020-21 season.

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Report: Washington Capitals Believed to Have Interest In Re-Acquiring Vitek Vanecek From Seattle Kraken

The Canadian Press After re-signing captain Alex Ovechkin and trading away defenseman Brenden Dillon in the days leading up to NHL free agency 2021, the Washington Capitals’ most pressing need was to find a goaltender to shore up the gap … Continue reading

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A New Kind of Goalie Helmet: Braden Holtby Fan Puts New Spin on “Goaltending Helmet”

Photo: Ashley Cappetta When one thinks of NHL hockey fans in the state of Pennsylvania, people donning the apparel of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers likely come to mind. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and one … Continue reading

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“He Definitely Gave Us An Opportunity”: Vitek Vanecek Earns Praise From Teammates, Head Coach Peter Laviolette After Strong Performance in 1-0 Loss to Islanders

Al Bello/NHLI via Getty Images If one looked at Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek’s statistics from the team’s Tuesday night game against the New York Islanders, it would seem at first glance that the visiting Caps came away from Long … Continue reading

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Netminders Inc. : A Look At The Washington Capitals’ Production of Goaltenders

Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The Washington Capitals entered new waters in the 2020-21 season with two young goaltenders with little and no major experience at the NHL level in Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek, after the departure of longtime netminder … Continue reading

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