Craig Anderson appears to be the starter in Game 2 as injured Vitek Vanecek misses morning practice – fr

Craig Anderson becomes fourth-oldest goaltender in NHL history to win relief playoff game – fr

It looks like the Capitals are turning to 39 Craig Anderson to start in goals for Monday’s second game against the Boston Bruins.

It will be Anderson’s first start in a playoff game since May 25, 2017, when he helped lead the Ottawa Senators to the Eastern Conference final. Ottawa fell to the eventual Stanley Cup champion of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7.

Anderson was the first goaltender off the ice, according to’s Tom Gulitti, who typically represents who starts that night.

Vitek Vanecek, who sustained a lower body injury in the first period of the first game, did not participate in the morning skating.

Ilya Samsonov, who was taken off the NHL’s COVID-19 unavailability list on Saturday, took part in training for the second day in a row. Samsonov was one of four Capitals goaltenders on the ice, which included Pheonix Copley, the likely replacement tonight, and Zach Fucale, who was called up from Hershey yesterday.

Samsonov worked with the taxi team while Evgeny Kuznetsov, who returned to the ice on Sunday, participated in the extra training.

The Capitals lines appear to be unchanged from Saturday’s game opener.

After practice, Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette did not confirm that Anderson would start or if Ilya Samsonov would be the emergency third string goaltender. The only thing he said was to repeat that Vanecek is absent on a daily basis with a lower body injury.


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