The Caps say the decision for them not to play was a “team decision” for “disciplinary reasons”.
The Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov will not be dressed tonight against NYR, tag team. It was a team decision, it was for disciplinary reasons.
Craig Anderson will replace Vitek Vanecek tonight.
– Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) May 3, 2021
Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir reports that both players were late for a team function.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov will not play at MSG tonight. It’s a team decision. They were late for a team function. #Caps
– Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) May 3, 2021
Monday’s game already had a questionable list.
You may remember that Kuznetsov and Samsonov both ran out of time earlier in the year due to COVID violations.
Samsonov’s battle against Vitek Vanecek for the title of starting playoff goaltender was recently discussed with head coach Peter Laviolette. Vanecek had already been chosen to start tonight.
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