Two veteran Leafs believe the team has an elite goalie in the making

Dean Chaudhry
May 12, 2023  (7:49)

Thrusted into a very tough situation during his rookie season, Joseph Woll had the world on his shoulders as he was placed between the pipes with the series and the season on the line. With Ilya Samsonov nursing an injury and Matt Murray not really being an option, Woll did an admirable job and helped the Toronto Maple Leafs force a Game 5 on home ice in Toronto on Friday night.

When asked about Samsonov's injury update, Sheldon Keefe had this to say on Thursday:
"Haven't heard an update today on how he's doing, obviously he hasn't skated and we're not skating today so we'll see where he's at tomorrow but as of right, Joe Woll and Matt Murray are available." - Keefe on Samsonov

Joseph Woll was happy for the start but he was even happier with how the team played in front of him and how they sacrificed the body when they needed to shut things down late in the third:
"Pretty awesome game to get put into and any opportunity I get with this team is pretty special so I think it was awesome for me to see how hard we played tonight and guys blocking shots and putting it on the line was pretty awesome." - Woll on first career playoff win

Timothy Liljegren knows a thing or two about Woll from their time in the minors and he couldn't be any happier for friend and teammate:
"First and foremost he's a really good guy and his work ethic, he works extremely hard, he's looked good all year, regular season and obviously stepped up big [on Wednesday]. Everybody's happy for him, got his first playoff win..."Liljegren on Woll

As for the Stanley Cup winning veteran with a Conn Smythe to his name, Ryan O'Reilly had a lot of praise for the rookie:
"Just watching him, the way he warms up and stuff, how even keel he is, confident but calm in there at all times, it's so impressive to come in for that pressure of a game and do what he did... it's an amazing thing." - O'Reilly on Woll

Woll has even put himself on captain John Tavares' radar in terms of some of the more elite aspects of his game. Usually when guys talk about goalies having some elite qualities - especially veteran guys - it's pretty eye-opening. Tavares is a guy who scores a lot of goals in tight and on high tips. He's been pleasantly surprised with how focused Woll has been since coming in.
"He's dialed in. His preparation, his focus is elite" - Tavares on Woll

Woll has been nothing short of spectacular this season with his 16-4-1 record with the Toronto Marlies where he also posted a .927 SV% but then also going 6-1-0 at the NHL level with an even better .932 SV% is amazing. He stepped up big with the season on the line and he will have another shot at extending the series tonight in Game 5 in Toronto.
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Two veteran Leafs believe the team has an elite goalie in the making

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