Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Joseph Woll
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Massive blow confirmed for the Maple Leafs ahead of game 7

Published May 4, 2024 at 7:53 PM

As the Toronto Maple Leafs gear up for a monumental game seven against the Boston Bruins, they face an unexpected challenge that could redefine their playoff run. Joseph Woll, hailed as the series MVP for his remarkable performances, is reportedly out due to an injury sustained in game six. This development delivers a significant blow to the Leafs' hopes.

The news of Woll's injury has sent ripples through the hockey community, with speculation about the impact on tonight's crucial game.

Hearing Woll is banged up. What a break for the Bruins if Samsonov is your Game 7 starter for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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.

Confirming the worries, the Maple Leafs officially announced their goalie lineup shortly before the game, sealing the fate of their net-minding for the evening:

Maple Leafs G Joseph Woll will not dress for tonight's game due to an injury sustained in Game 6.

This shifts the spotlight onto Ilya Samsonov, who will now start as goaltender under immense pressure:

Ilya Samsonov starts for Toronto. Joseph Woll is battling an injury

While Auston Matthews' return might provide a much-needed offensive boost, the absence of Woll poses a daunting challenge. The Leafs must now rely on Samsonov to step up in what could be the most critical game of their season. As the team faces this pivotal moment, their ability to adapt and rally around their new starter will be key to overcoming the Bruins and moving forward in the playoffs.
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Massive blow confirmed for the Maple Leafs ahead of game 7

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