Here’s a head scraper: Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov does not play in tonight’s match against Rangers.
Caps says the decision for them not to play was a “team decision” for “disciplinary reasons.”
From Samantha “Overtime” Pell:
Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov will not be dressed tonight vs. NYR, per. Team. It was a team decision, was for disciplinary reasons.
Craig Anderson takes backup of Vitek Vanecek tonight.
̵1; Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) May 3, 2021
Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir reports that the two players were too late for a team function.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov will not play tonight at MSG. It’s a team decision. They were too late for a team function. #Caps
– Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikElBashir) May 3, 2021
Monday’s match already had a dubious list.
You may recall that Kuznetsov and Samsonov both missed time earlier in the year due to COVID violations.
Samsonov’s match with Vitek Vanecek for the title as starting goalkeeper in the playoffs had recently been a topic of discussion with head coach Peter Laviolette. Vanecek was already picked to start tonight.
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