The Washington Capitals have had chaos in net all season long and of course, that trend continued during their first playoff game.
The Caps lost Vitek Vanecek to injury during the first period, forcing 39-year-old third-stringer, Craig Anderson, to finish the game in net. Anderson was the backup because Ilya Samsonov was in COVID protocol. Anderson went on to win the Capitals the game, stopping 21 of 22 shots and becoming the fourth oldest goaltender in NHL history to win a postseason game in relief. Meanwhile, fourth-string goaltender Pheonix Copley joined the team on the bench during the game as the team’s emergency goalie.
Sunday, more goalie craziness happened. Vanecek’s injury was announced to be day-to-day and Samsonov returned from protocol. Laviolette appeared to tab Anderson as the team’s starter for Game Two (maybe?). After the team’s skate, the Capitals also made a roster move.
The Capitals called up Zach Fucale from Hershey as the Bears played their final game of the season at Giant Center.