It was ‘very important’ Ilya Samsonov beat the Lighting because it was the first time his dad watched him play an NHL game live
Ilya Samsonov has won eight of his first 10 starts in the NHL, but Saturday’s victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning was extra special for the 22-year-old rookie goaltender.
“You know I’m happy because I win this game for him,” Samsonov said, referring to his father Aleksei. “He’s first time watching live my game. It’s really important. I’m so happy.”