Ilya Samsonov becomes first goalie in NHL history to win each of his first nine career road games in one season
Braden Holtby was benched for the third period after giving up four goals on 22 shots. The Holtbeast was replaced in net by rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov.
“I just felt like it was the right move at the time. That’s something we talked about as a staff and I felt comfortable doing it. I let [Ilya] know as soon as the second period was over that he would be going in,” Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said.
Samsonov and the Capitals responded, scoring five unanswered goals and pulling out a thrilling 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders. Because the Caps ultimately tied the game with Samsonov in net, he became the goalie of record and accomplished some more history in the process.