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Samsonov Leaves Ice During Capitals Warmups In Philly, Returns To Start

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Washington Capitals goalie Ilya Samsonov.

After leading the Washington Capitals out onto the ice for warmups against the Philadelphia Flyers, goaltender Ilya Samsonov left the ice early. However, he will start as planned after his exit from the pregame skate.

Samsonov took a couple of shots before exiting, leaving backup Pheonix Copley as the only netminder on the ice for the pregame skate, per The Washington Post’s Samantha Pell.

Despite the circumstances, Samsonov was still listed as the team’s starting netminder and announced as the starter at Wells Fargo Center.

Samsonov has played in eight straight games and has started the last five for Washington. Through 30 games, he is 17-8-3 with a .904 save percentage and 2.88 GAA. He last played on Thursday in New York, surrendering four goals on 21 shots (.810 SV%).

Vitek Vanecek also made the road trip and has been practicing with the Capitals. However, he is still on the injured reserve as he works back from an upper-body injury suffered on Feb. 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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