Ilya Samsonov carries the Leafs to a 2-1 win in Matthew Knies’ NHL debut: Game Highlights

Ilya Samsonov outdueled Alex Lyon in Florida on Monday night. The Leafs goalie made 45 saves to help Toronto to a 2-1 overtime win. John Tavares scored the game winning goal. Below are the highlights from the game.
Matthew Knies showed he belonged in the first period. He won a battle against Marc Staal and got the puck back to the point to set up a scoring chance…

Knies goes to work down low 👷
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 10, 2023

Later in the period Morgan Rielly nearly opened the scoring. William Nylander hit him with a perfect pass as he attacked the net. Alex Lyon made the stop…

nice give and go play between Nylander and Rielly
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) April 10, 2023

A couple minutes later Samsonov made a key stop on Ryan Lomberg to keep the game tied…

Samsonov stops the puck and Brodie
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) April 10, 2023

It was more of the same from Samsonov in the second. The Leafs goaltender made several impressive saves on this offensive series from Florida…

Samsonov battling for his saves
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) April 11, 2023

The Panthers controlled the play for most of the night but couldn’t solve Samsonov. After a defensive zone turnover by Knies, Samsonov made his biggest save of the game so far…

Samsonov bails Knies out after his pass is picked up
great toe save
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) April 11, 2023

Auston Matthews finally broke the tie late in the middle frame. He tipped Mitch Marner’s point shot past Lyon for his 40th goal of the year. Five 40 goal seasons for number 34…

— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 11, 2023

The Panthers evened it up midway through the third. Carter Verhaeghe started the play flying through the neutral zone. Then he set up Brandon Montour to make it 1-1…

Montour squares it up in the third! ⏹️
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 11, 2023

John Tavares almost gave the Leafs the lead a couple minutes later. He stole the puck from Sasha Bar …

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Author: Scott Ony / The Leafs Nation

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