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The Washington Capitals traded Vitek Vanecek and didn’t give a qualifying offer to Ilya Samsonov in part because of the goaltenders’ lack of success in the playoffs. 

The move appeared to backfire because Washington’s new tandem of Darcy Kuemper and Charlie Lindgren missed the playoffs and Vanecek helped end the New Jersey Devils’ playoff drought. Samsonov went 19-3-3 at home for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season.  

Both goalies faltered, though, in their playoff debuts Tuesday night. Vanecek’s Devils trailed 2-0 after one period of a 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers. Samsonov yielded a Tampa Bay Lightning goal 78 seconds in and was pulled after giving up six goals through two periods.

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov skates away from his net after a second goal by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point.

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“I’ll be better. I played like (expletive) today,” said Samsonov, who fell to 1-7 in the playoffs. Vanecek has a 4.17 career postseason goals-against average.

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