Capitals goalkeeper Vitek Vanecek was forced out of the net on Saturday night due to a lower body injury. One former goalkeeper, an expert, blamed the rookie for going out.
Vanecek slid 13 or more minutes in the First Game of Washington’s first round against Boston, after appearing to have injured his groin on a Bruins goalie by Jake DeBrusk. That prompted Kelly Hrudey to follow Vanecek during the first break in Sportsnet’s “Hockey Night in Canada”. In Hrudey’s mind, Vanecek did not properly prepare for the Stanley Cup playoff game.
“I guess there’s a part of me that I should feel sorry for Vanecek, his first arrival in the NHL playoffs, but first of all, this is a bad goal; he just wasn’t ready. You could tell right away that something was wrong,” he said. Hrudey as a replay of the naked was shown over his voice. “But I’m sorry, if you’re an NHL goalkeeper, you shouldn’t be pulling or straining your muscles.
“It’s one of your jobs, to make sure you’re stretched, whether it means stretching eight to 10 times during the day before the game to make sure it doesn’t happen. I mean, he has to be a better professional than that . “
Veteran goalkeeper Craig Anderson replaced Vanecek in the net.
Kape later announced that Vanecek would not return. Pheonix Copley, who played for the AHL team in Hershey, PA this season, has been declared a reserve reserve.
Vanecek, 25, started 36 of 56 Caps games as a rookie during the regular season. He posted a 21-10-0 record, 2.69 goals against the average and 0.908 percent savings. A native of the Czech Republic, he was drafted for the second round in Washington in 2014.
Anderson, who will turn 40 on May 21, has 46 games of play-off experience with Avalanche and the Senators. His last post-season appearance was in 2017 in Ottawa.
Anderson was on the active roster to replace Ilya Samsonov, who dropped off the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list on Saturday but did not dress for the opening of the Eastern Division series.
“It’s unfair to the organization, unfair to Craig Anderson,” said Hrudey, who played in the NHL in 677 regular-season games and 85 playoff games with the Islanders, Kings and Sharks, as Vanecek had to leave the game.