The injuries plaguing the Caps recently are apparently not constrained by geographic boundaries.
In a game against HK Lada on Thursday evening, Capitals goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov reportedly suffered a concussion, the severity of which is not yet known.
At 13:59 in the second period, just over five minutes after coming on in relief of starting goaltender Vasiliy Koshechkin, Samsonov was struck in the side of his head by the knee of an onrushing Lada forward.
Just before the impact, Samsonov had gone down in the butterfly to make a save, placing his head directly in harm’s way.
After lying prone on the ice for some time, Samsonov was unsteady and required help off the ice, though he walked down the tunnel under his own power. He did not return to the bench.
In the post-game press conference, then-head coach Ilya Vorobyev was terse. Responding to a reporter’s question about what had happened to Samsonov, Vorobyev replied, “a concussion.”
The team has not provided an update as of this writing.
For reasons unrelated to Samsonov’s injury, Vorobyev was fired late yesterday by Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Former Capital Viktor Kozlov was named interim head coach.
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