Ilya Samsonov is the Maple Leafs’ Starting Goaltender Right Now After Another ‘Excellent’ Performance


The door opened for Ilya Samsonov when Matt Murray gave up four goals on eight shots against the Florida Panthers.

And the Russian goaltender has busted right through it.

Making his third consecutive start in goal for just the second time this season (and first with Matt Murray healthy to play) Samsonov helped the Toronto Maple Leafs survive a dreadful first period in helping his team defeat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Monday.