After being a part of the trade two summers ago that sent TJ Oshie to Washington, Pheonix Copley is back in the Caps organization. Monday, Copley was part of the deal that sent Kevin Shattenkirk to Washington.
Copley, who immediately became the organization’s third goaltender on the depth chart, made his first start for the Bears on Friday against the Syracuse Crunch. During the third period, Copley suffered what appeared to be a serious injury after stopping a shot in front of the net. He exited the game with help from his teammates.
Caps goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov celebrated his 20th birthday Wednesday by helping Metallurg Magnitogorsk be victorious during Game 1 of the Gagarin Cup playoffs. The team beat Beijing-based Kunlun Red Star 4-2, with Samsonov stopping 26 of 28 shots for a .929 save percentage.
Capitals goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov blanked Traktor Chelyabinsk in a 1-0 shootout win on Friday night, closing out the regular season for Magnitogorsk. Samsonov made 31 saves over 65 minutes of regulation and overtime, and stoned two out of Traktor’s three shooters in the shootout.
Early in the game, Metallurg was off to a slow start. Samsonov possessed the necessary mix of skill and luck to prevent what easily could have been a 3-0 Traktor lead by the start of the second.
Capitals goaltending prospect Ilya Samsonov stopped 36 of 39 shots in a 3-2 loss to Vityaz Podolsk on Wednesday. Although Samsonov was outstanding — he turned away 13 shots during the first period alone — two of the three goals he gave up show areas where the 19-year-old is still vulnerable: rebound-control, positioning, and protecting the top shelf.
Capitals top goaltending prospect, Ilya Samsonov, suffered a rare loss Wednesday night as Metallurg Magnitogorsk fell to Avangard Omsk 5-2. It was only the 19-year-old’s second regulation loss in 22 KHL games this season.
But that doesn’t mean Samsonov didn’t have his moments. Such as seven minutes into the first period where Ilya made a series of insane, sprawling saves. Diving back and forth across the crease in a crazed effort to deflect shot after shot, the Metallurg Magnitogorsk goalie (and the post) turned away three quality scoring chances at the same time.
Capitals goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov had two strong showings over the weekend in KHL action, during which he kept Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the running against a pair of worthy opponents. Samsonov’s technical ability and athleticism were both on full display as he made 47 saves on 49 shots. These two appearances were his first since backstopping Russia to a bronze-medal finish in the World Junior Championships.
It’s no secret that the strong play of Caps goaltender prospect Ilya Samsonov was a major factor in the Russian U20 team’s strong showing throughout the World Junior Championship. But against Sweden in the bronze-medal game, the 19-year-old Samsonov was especially motivated because of the team’s recent, emotional loss against the Americans.
Samsonov played like a man possessed, despite an excruciatingly painful injury he suffered in the second period.
Washington Capitals top prospect goaltender Ilya Samsonov won a bronze medal Thursday after Team Russia defeated Team Sweden 2-1. Samsonov was arguably Russia’s best player, stopping 38 of 39 shots.
According to the IIHF, this is Russia’s seventh straight World Junior medal. The streak includes gold (2011), silver (2012, 2015, 2016), and bronze (2013, 2014, 2017).
After posting two consecutive shutouts heading into the semi-finals, Washington Capitals prospect goaltender Ilya Samsonov looked poised to push Team Russia to their third-consecutive gold-medal game. He came one save short.
Samsonov stopped 33 of 36 United States shots during regulation, and another seven in four-on-four overtime. After seven intense rounds of a shootout, Troy Terry buried his third shootout goal to give the United States the sudden death victory.
Samsonov was named one of Russia’s three best players, but looked inconsolable after the game.
The Americans will face Canada in Thursday’s gold-medal game at the Bell Centre, while Russia goes for bronze against Sweden.
The Washington Capitals’ top prospect goaltender is rolling into the semi-finals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
19-year-old goaltender Ilya Samsonov posted his second straight shutout, making 14 saves in Russia’s 4-0 quarter-finals win over Denmark, Monday.
Samsonov had an easy time in goal, stopping mostly harmless shots from the perimeter. Russia scored two goals in the first period — including one from center ice — to defeat Denmark and advance to the semi-finals in Montreal on Wednesday against the United States.
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