The Capitals encountered early adversity of their first-round Stanley Cup playoffs matchup with the Bruins on Saturday. Beginning goaltender Vitek Vanecek left Sport 1 within the first interval with what gave the impression to be a lower-body harm.
Vanecek was damage as he did not cease a objective by Boston’s Jake DeBrusk at 13:10 of the interval. He fell to the ice after doing a cut up.
Veteran goalie Craig Anderson changed Vanecek in internet.
The Caps later introduced that Vanecek wouldn’t return. Pheonix Copley, who performed for the group’s AHL affiliate in Hershey, Pa., this season, was named the emergency backup.
INJURY UPDATE#Caps goaltender Vitek Vanecek sustained a decrease physique harm and won’t return to tonight’s sport. Pheonix Copley will function the emergency backup goaltender.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) May 16, 2021
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Vanecek, 25, began 36 of the Caps’ 56 video games as a rookie in the course of the common season. He posted a 21-10-0 document, a 2.69 goals-against common and a .908 save share. The Czech Republic native was a second-round draft choose by Washington in 2014.
Anderson, who will flip 40 on Might 21, has 46 video games of playoff expertise with the Avalanche and Senators. His final postseason look was in 2017 with Ottawa. He was on the energetic roster rather than Ilya Samsonov, who got here off the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol record Saturday however didn’t gown for the East Division collection opener.