Leafs win battle for Ontario without Murray

Leafs win battle of Ontario without Murray


In the absence of injured Matt Murray, Ilya Samsonov held the fort for the Maple Leafs, who defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday in Toronto. 

Murray, who lost his first game in the blue and white uniform during a visit to the Bell Center to face the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, is expected to miss about four weeks of activity due to a an adductor muscle injury sustained during his team's morning practice. 

After scoring a first win with the Leafs two days earlier, Samsonov was once again efficient , blocking 26 shots in the win. Shane Pinto and Claude Giroux managed to deceive his vigilance.

It was defenseman Justin Holl who changed the game with his 10th career goal in his 208th game in the National League. His teammates David Kampf and William Nylander were the other two Leafs players to stir up the home crowd.

To replace Murray, the Leafs recalled Erik Källgren from the Marlies. The 26-year-old Swede played 14 games with the Leafs in 2021-22, posting an 8-4-1 record, 3.31 goals-against average and .888 save percentage. He had to leave his only game with the Marlies this season after 28 minutes, also injured.

In the other clan, Anton Forsberg suffered a second defeat in a row, although he repelled 29 of 32 pucks aimed at him.

The Flyers on a roll

At the end of the afternoon, the Flyers erased a two-goal deficit to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in Philadelphia.

Tony DeAngelo, Scott Laughton and Travis Konecny ​​were the main architects of this comeback, hitting the target in turn against Thatcher Demko.

Carter Hart was faltering in the first period, yielding to Kyle Burroughs and Conor Garland on two of the Canucks' first three shots. However, he raised the bar to make 27 saves in total in the game.

The Flyers thus capped a second comeback in as many games with a victory this season. On the other end of the spectrum, the Canucks squandered two leads in two losses.