Category Archives: Goaltending

“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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Examining The Starts To Seasons For Ilya Samsonov Prior to Joining Washington Capitals

It has been a difficult start to the 2020-21 season for Capitals’ goalie, Ilya Samsonov, whose first two games were not up to his usual standards. He then tested positive for COVID-19, had to miss time for recovery and then … Continue reading

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Washington Capitals First Trimester Review: 2020-21 Season

In a “typical” seasons, we’ve traditionally reviewed the Capitals performance for each quarter. With the 2020-21 season being an abbreviated 56-game season instead of the normal 82-game season, we will change our tack and review the team’s performance at each … Continue reading

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Back In Business: Ilya Samsonov Records First Victory Since January 14 in 3-2 Win Over the New Jersey Devils

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images While the 2020-21 NHL season would be unlike any other, for second-year Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov, it has been one filled with challenges. After going 1-0-1 with a 3.36 Goals-Against Average and .868 Save Percentage in … Continue reading

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10-Game Power Streak: A Look Back on the Washington Capitals’ 10-Game Win Streak of 1983-84

Getty Images The 1983-84 season for the Washington Capitals could simply be described as a roller coaster ride. It began with a seven-game losing streak that was followed by a five-game winning streak. On January 11, they finally climbed over … Continue reading

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Who Is Craig Anderson? A Look At the Washington Capitals’ Newest Goaltender

Patrick Smith/Getty Images While he has yet to see any actual game action for the Washington Capitals, veteran goaltender Craig Anderson finds himself as the Capitals’ second goaltender, with Ilya Samsonov out after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and breaking of … Continue reading

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Shutout Streak Of Former Washington Capitals Goaltender Semyon Varlamov Ends At 142.10

Former Washington Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov is having a season to remember so fr in 2021. He started the season with a very impressive shutout streak that finally came to an end against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

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Capitals’ Vitek Vanecek on NHL Debut, 2-1 Victory Over Sabres: “The Dream Came True”

Photo: @Capitals Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek made his NHL debut Friday night as the Capitals clashed with the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. A first career NHL game is one a player will never forget. The night became even … Continue reading

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Capitals’ Vitek Vanecek: “I’m Ready To Go Right Now”

On Thursday, Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek spoke to the media on a Zoom call following the team’s first scrimmage on the fourth day of the 2020-21 training camp. He discussed his readiness to play and time spent in the … Continue reading

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