Goalie “Washington” Samsonov on the first victory in the NHL playoffs: I was ready to cry

MOSCOW, May 8 – Russian Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov admitted he was ready to burst into tears after the third game of the National Hockey League (NHL) first-round playoff series against the Florida Panthers, in which he scored his first career Stanley Cup win.
On Saturday, “Washington” with a score of 6:1 at home beat “Florida”. For the first time in the current playoffs, Samsonov came out in the starting lineup of the capital team, repelled 29 shots and won his first victory in the Stanley Cup in his career.
“I was close to crying. I’m ready (to play) for everything. Sometimes you make the playoffs, sometimes a different goaltender, but you have to prepare for every game. I understand that if you want to win the Stanley Cup, you have to win 16 wins. This is a long period, you definitely need to prepare for this, ”the official website of the NHL quotes Samsonov.
“Vitek (Vanechek) was phenomenal in the first match, and Sammy (Samsonov) was great in the third. We are confident in both goalkeepers. We are lucky that we have two of these guys who can make a difference,” the Washington Capitals forward said. “T.J. Oshi.
The score in the series to four wins was 2-1 in favor of “Washington”. The next match will take place on May 9 in Washington.

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