Split the season between Washington and Hershey (AHL) … Was recalled four times to the Capitals … Finished his NHL regular season without a regulation loss in five starts (4-0-1) … Became the first Caps goalie to win his first three NHL starts since Jim Carey (who won his first four in 1994-95) … Made his NHL debut and earned his first win 12/13 at MTL, stopping 31 of 32 shots … Became the youngest Russian-born goalie to start in the NHL and the first goalie to win his NHL debut at MTL in more than 30 years (since Hardy Astrom of the NYR, 2/25/78) … Made his NHL playoff debut as the starter for Game 2 of the ECQF vs. NYR and started 13 out of 14 Stanley Cup playoff games … Tied for first in league with two playoff shutouts … Was fifth in the league in playoff save percentage (.918), tied for fifth in wins (7) and sixth in GAA (2.53) … Allowed only seven goals in six games against NYR and never allowed more than three goals in a game, as the Caps erased a 3-1 series deficit to win the series in seven games … Turned 21 the day before winning
Game 7 against NYR (4/28) … Shut out NYR in Games 3 (33 saves, 4/20) and 5 (20 saves, 4/24) to tie a team record (Olie Kolzig) with two shutouts in a playoff series … Became only the second Caps goalie to record more than one shutout in a playoff season (Kolzig, four in 1998) … Joined Kolzig (6) and Don Beaupre (2) as the only goalies in club history with more than one playoff shutout … Fourth goaltender in NHL history to post a playoff shutout before he turned 21 (Harry Lumley, Patrick Roy, Carey Price) … Beat PIT in Games 1 and 2 of the ECSF to become the first Caps goalie to win five straight playoff games … Made 33 or more
saves and had a save percentage of .905 or higher in five of seven games against PIT … Went 19-7-1 with Hershey, posting a 2.40 GAA, a .916 save percentage and two shutouts … Had a seven-game winning streak from 11/14—12/6 for Hershey …Went 7-2-0 with a shutout, 2.05 GAA and a .917 save percentage in November …Turned aside a season-high 38 shots in a 7-2 win 3/28 vs. Bridgeport.
Played 44 games as the top goaltender for Yaroslavl in the Russian Super League … Posted three shutouts and a 2.45 GAA … Led Yaroslavl to the championship round of the playoffs … Posted five shutouts in 16 playoff games … Had a 1.62 GAA in the postseason … Selected to Russia’s 2008 World Championship team but suffered an injury just before the tournament began.
2006-07: Appeared in 31 games for Yaroslavl in an impressive first season in the Russian Super League ... Posted 15-7-6 record … Recorded 2.12 GAA in 1,810 minutes with three shutouts … Led Russia to a silver medal in the 2007 World Junior Championship … Was one of the last goaltenders cut from Team Russia for the 2007 World Championship.
2005-06: Played 33 games in second season with Yaroslavl’s junior team … Posted eight shutouts … Recorded 2.02 GAA, allowing only 60 goals in 1,782 minutes.
2004-05: Made his debut with Yaroslav’s junior team … Appeared in eight games, posting 1.90 GAA in 480 minutes … Served as a backup netminder most of the season.
Has expansive international experience … Has appeared in two World Junior Championships and two Under-18 championships.
2008: Was selected to Russia’s 2008 World Championship team but suffered an injury just prior to the tournament.
2007: Posted a 5-1-0 record at the World Junior Championship in Sweden … Led Russia to finals, falling to Canada 4-2 in lone loss of tournament … Ranked second among goaltenders in GAA (1.51) and third in save percentage (.934) … Shared 2007 tournament lead in shutouts with two … Was named one of Russia’s top three performers … Participated in the Canada-Russia Super Series.
2006: Member of silver medal-winning Russian squad at the World Junior Championship in Vancouver … Saw action in one game, a 3-1 victory over Latvia … Posted 4-0-0 record at Five Nations Tournament, leading Team Russia to tournament title … Allowed one goal and posted a 0.33 GAA over four games … Named best goaltender and to the all-tournament team … Appeared in two games at the U-18 championship … Posted 1-1-0 record and .907 save percentage.
2005: Posted 2-0-0 record and 3.52 GAA in two games at the Under-18 championship.
Selected by Washington in the first round, 23rd overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Looks up to Patrick Roy as a goaltending legend to model his game after.