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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Joseph Woll
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Maple Leafs reportedly lose star goalie Joseph Woll hour before game

Published May 4, 2024 at 6:57 PM

In a stunning turn of events on the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs' first game seven, the Toronto Maple Leafs are engulfed in a goaltending dilemma that could dramatically influence their fate against the Boston Bruins. The Leafs' young star goalie, Joseph Woll, is rumored to be sidelined due to an injury, creating a potential crisis between the pipes.

Ilya Samsonov, who has struggled with his playoff performances, is reportedly poised to step in. This development could significantly impact the team's strategy and morale, given their precarious position on the brink of elimination. The situation has sparked considerable discussion and concern among the Leafs community, as reflected in a recent social media update:

Now some rumblings on Woll's availability for game 7. I can't make this up.. I'm hoping for @MapleLeafs fans someone else did. #RealKyperandBourne

Adding to the tension, there's ambiguity about which of Toronto's goalies will actually start. A tweet by another hockey insider noted:

All three Toronto goalies -- Joseph Woll, Ilya Samsonov, Martin Jones -- arrived on the second bus. But, yes, I do think it is possible Samsonov starts tonight. We will see in warmup.

Further complicating the narrative are reports that cast doubt on Woll's availability, hinting at a significant shift in goaltending responsibilities:

Recent reports are stating that Joseph Woll might not be available for tonight's game seven. There is a real possibility that Ilya Samsonov will get the crease come game time. Stay tuned. #LeafsForever

This goaltending uncertainty comes at a critical juncture for the Maple Leafs, who are desperately seeking to avert a repeat of past playoff disappointments. As the team prepares for a decisive battle on the ice, all eyes will be on the warmup to see which goalie will lead the charge against the formidable Bruins. This game isn't just a test of skill—it's a test of resilience and adaptability under pressure.
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Maple Leafs reportedly lose star goalie Joseph Woll hour before game

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