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Matthew Knies calls out Ilya Samsonov after scoring game winner


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Graham Montgomery
May 1, 2024  (8:32)
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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Joseph Woll making a clutch save on Boston Bruins forward Trent Fredrick
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The Toronto Maple Leafs staved off elimination tonight in no small part thanks to Joseph Woll. After the game rookie forward Matthew Knies, who scored the overtime winner, made a comment that has been interpreted as a jab at Ilya Samsonov.

Knies was asked a question about what it is like playing in front of Joseph Woll. Samsonov allowed the first goal of the game on a great chance for Trent Fredrick. After that he was perfect, stopping 27 of 28 Boston shots in total. Knies' response was rather interesting.
Knies on the play of friend and teammate Joseph Woll: "I feel pretty safe when he's in net there."

There is a quality some goaltenders have where it just feels easier playing in front of them. Knies seems to be referring to that here, implying he does not feel the same way about playing in front of Ilya Samsonov.
Samsonov certainly came in Clutch for the Leafs tonight with the season on the line. He made a number of huge saves throughout the tight contest, including one that would have ended the game in OT.
This was an insanely clutch kick save by Joseph Woll.
What a performance from him tonight

Late in the 3rd period, he stonewalled Trent Fredrick, who was in alone for his second of the game.
JOSEPH WOLL WITH AN INCREDIBLE SAVE TO KEEP THE GAME ALIVE 🤯

After the game, Leafs reporter Mark Masters enthusiastically denoted how he was not surprised Woll played so well. In fact, he referenced the fact that he's calm and collected in net.
Are you surprised Joseph Woll stood on his head in Game 5?
@MarkHMasters joins @JayOnrait to discuss.

This lines up perfectly with Knies' comments about playing in front of them. It seems now, Sheldon Keefe only has one option for goal in game six, and that is Joseph Woll. He's taken the starter role, at least for now.
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