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Ilya Samsonov makes surprising remarks about Joseph Woll after re-gaining the net in Toronto


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Ryan Smitheram
December 10, 2023  (4:39 PM)
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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov made his return to game action last night after battling an illness and losing the starting job to Joseph Woll. Samsonov's return came at the unfortunate cost of Woll, who was injured in the third period of Thursday's win against the Ottawa Senators.

Samsonov had not played since November 24th, but picked up where Woll had left off, backstopping the Leafs to a 4-0 win over the Nashville Predators. Following the game, Samsonov was asked about the injury to Woll. While Samsonov is the beneficiary of the extra action, his reaction was not one of excitement over the increased workload, but rather one of concern for his teammate.
"Some shock, a little bit. It's not too fun to see how your partner gets an injury. I remember how I've been in this situation in the last year or two. It's not great."

Samsonov has dealt with a handful of injuries since joining the Leafs last season, including a lower-body injury that saw Woll step in for Samsonov in the Leafs' second round series against Florida in the playoffs. With Woll sidelined for the foreseeable future, it will now be up to Samsonov to help the Leafs continue to secure points and he couldn't have asked for a better start and return to the net than his shutout last night.
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Ilya Samsonov makes surprising remarks about Joseph Woll after re-gaining the net in Toronto

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