Caps prospect Ilya Samsonov has been dominating the KHL this season.
The 19-year-old goaltender is undefeated, tallying wins in 9 of his first 15 appearances. The 2015 first-found pick also has a .937 save percentage and a 1.97 goals against average.
Monday night, Samsonov posted his first shutout of the season against Dynamo Moscow, making 35 saves. His most difficult stop came with 11 seconds remaining in the game.
Watch as the six-foot three-inch goaltender moves post-to-post and jumps, like a hockey frog, to stop a close-range shot from defenseman Mat Robinson with his right shoulder. The shot almost hits him square in the head.
The KHL’s English Twitter account referred to the play as THE SAVE because apparently there will never be a better save for the rest of time.
His team is winning 5:0.
It's dying seconds in the 3rd.
And 19-year-old Ilya Samsonov makes THE SAVE. pic.twitter.com/K3xfQ8cLh3
— KHL (@khl_eng) November 21, 2016
And to think, there are three goaltenders legitimately ahead of the teenaged Samsonov on the Caps depth chart, including Vezina Trophy winning Braden Holtby, superb backup Philipp Grubauer, and Hershey Bear Vitek Vanecek.
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