Maple Leafs’ Ilya Samsonov ‘going to be fine’ after exiting game vs. Oilers with injury

Ilya Samsonov is OK after all.

The Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender appeared to suffer a serious injury on the Edmonton Oilers’ third goal late in regulation on Saturday night. Samsonov was sprawled face-first on the ice afterward and had to be helped to the dressing room.


“It looks like he’s going to be fine,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “It’s not anything near what it appeared or what I thought it might have been.”

Samsonov ended up with the win.

He’s now 14-3-1 in his last 18 starts.

It’s been quite the turnaround for Samsonov, who was out of the league entirely to start 2024 after being placed on and then clearing waivers. It was only a week ago that he appeared to suffer another injury at the Leafs morning skate. He was deemed to be fine afterward and played that night in an eventual shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

It doesn’t appear as though he’ll travel to Carolina for the Leafs’ Sunday night game against the Hurricanes though. Samsonov’s gear remained in his stall at Scotiabank Arena in an otherwise empty dressing room. (He may not have made the trip regardless.)

Joseph Woll is expected to start against the Hurricanes and third goalie Martin Jones figures to back up.

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