Ilya Samsonov, Evgeny Kuznetsov Skate Ahead of Capitals’ Optional Practice


Middle Evgeny Kuznetsov and goaltender Ilya Samsonov every skated forward of the Washington Capitals‘ elective follow on Sunday. Each gamers have been positioned on COVID-19 protocol. Kuznetsov entered it on Could 4 and Samsonov did on Could 7.

It was reported on Saturday that one of many two examined constructive for COVID-19 whereas the opposite was on protocol as a consequence of contact tracing. Samsonov got here off of protocol previous to the Capitals’ 3-2 extra time win over the Bruins in Sport 1 of their 2021 Stanley Cup Playoff first-round collection.

Neither has performed because the Capitals’ 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Could 1. Each have been suspended for the Capitals’ 5-3 win on the New York Rangers two nights later as a consequence of disciplinary causes.

After Kuznetsov was suspended, phrase got here out that the Capitals have been “annoyed” with the 28-year-old and will look to get him a change of surroundings as soon as the offseason hits.

After goaltender Vitek Vanecek left the primary interval of Sport 1 as a consequence of a lower-body damage and didn’t return, the Capitals have been compelled to show to Craig Anderson, who made 21 saves on 22 photographs in aid. If Vanecek is out for any time, Anderson, 39, will possible must take the beginning position and run with it for just a few video games as Samsonov has not seen the ice in two weeks.

Kuznetsov recorded 9 objectives, 29 factors, and a +7 ranking in 41 video games in the course of the common season.

Samsonov, 25, went 13-4-1 with a .902 save proportion, a 2.69 goals-against common, and two shutouts.

Each have been on COVID-19 protocol from January 19 to February 8 after Samsonov examined constructive for the virus and Kuznetsov was feeling signs.

Sport 2 between the Capitals and Bruins can be on Monday at Capital One Enviornment (7:30 PM ET, NBC Sports activities Washington domestically, NBCSN nationally).

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a ardour for sports activities writing. He attended his first recreation at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder because the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps reminiscence was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys journey, images, and hanging out along with his two canines. Observe Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077


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