Ilya Samsonov to start Game 3 for Capitals, Craig Anderson out for body maintenance

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Samsonov to start Game 3 with Anderson out for maintenance originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Ilya Samsonov will start for the Capitals in Game 3 on Wednesday against the Boston Bruins. It will be his first-ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Craig Anderson will miss the game due to body maintenance and Pheonix Copley will serve as the backup.

Samsonov has not played since May 1. He was suspended one game for being late for a team function and was then added to the NHL's COVID-19 list. This is the second time this season Samsonov has been on the COVID list. When he returned last time, he managed a .905 save and .973 save percentage in his first two starts back.

When Vanecek was injured in Game 1, Anderson stepped in and made 21 saves in the win. He followed that up with 44 saves in a Game 2 overtime loss. With Samsonov in, he will now be the third starting goalie for the Caps in three playoff games.

Samsonov entered the season expected to be the No. 1. He struggled to find consistency and lock down the starting job. Just who the starter would be heading into the playoffs was still up for grabs when Samsonov was placed on the COVID list.

For the season, Samsonov has a .902 save percentage and 2.69 GAA with a 13-4-1 record.

Evgeny Kuznetsov will also return to the lineup on Wednesday. Lars Eller is out with a lower-body injury.