Washington Capitals award goalie Ilya Samanthasonov the starting nod for Game 3 against Florida Panthers

The Washington CapitalsThese are the people we want to be Ilya SamsonovFor Saturday's Game 3, against the, I will be starting in goal Florida PanthersAccording to Peter Laviolette, coach.

Samsonov replaced Vitek VanecekHe stopped all 17 shots he faced in the third period of Game 2, on Thursday. Vanecek allowed five goals on 19 shots in Game 2 of the 5-1 defeat, which tied the series at 1-1.

Laviolette also stated that the winger was a shrewd individual. Tom WilsonGame 3 would be played for a player who sustained a lower-body injury in Game 1.

Vanecek started 39 games and Samsonov was in between. Vanecek held the advantage in goals-against (2.32 to 3.02), and save percentage (.908 -.896). Samsonov had the better regular season record (23-12-5 vs 20-12-6).

This report used information from The Associated Press.

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