Russian goalie “Washington” Samsonov will start for the third game of the NHL playoffs

MOSCOW, May 7 – Russian goaltender “Washington Capitals” Ilya Samsonov will take his place in the net from the first minutes of the third game of the first round of the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff series against the “Florida Panthers”, reports journalist Samantha Pell on her Twitter, referring to the head coach of the team Peter Laviolette .
In the current playoffs, this match will be the first for Samsonov, in which he will be released in the starting lineup. In the second game of the series, which ended 5-1 in favor of Florida, the 25-year-old Russian replaced Czech Vitek Vanechek in the third period and saved all 17 shots.
Samsonov was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in the first round, 22nd overall. He has been playing for the team since 2019. This season, he played 39 games in the regular season, in which he won 23 wins, 3 of them – “to zero”. His save percentage is 89.6% and his safety factor is 3.02. The match will be his fifth in his career in the NHL playoffs, before that he did not win a single victory.
Account in a series of up to four victories between the “Florida” and “Washington” 1-1. The third match will take place on Saturday, starting at 20:00 Moscow time.

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