Samsonov allows three, Leafs lose to Detroit 4-1 on second night of back-to-back

Josh Marano
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Thursday, January 12, 2023

No Auston Matthews again for the Toronto Maple Leafs who fall 4-1 to the Detroit Red Wings. Head coach Sheldon Keefe stated that Matthews is still recovering from a lingering injury that many suspect to be his wrist.


This one could have gone in a different direction for the Leafs with Bobby McMann appearing to score his first career NHL goal 56 seconds in.


The goal however was called back after the referees reviewed it. McMann attempted to kick the puck to his stick in front of net minder Ville Husso, but instead, he kicked it off Detroit defender Olli Maatta’s skate and in. 


Lucas Raymond scored the only goal of the first period. Morgan Rielly attempted to pass the puck to Mitch Marner but missed the target sending the Wings down the other way.


Robby Fabbri scored on the powerplay in the second period for his third goal in four games since returning from injury.


Rasmus Sandin answered back for the Buds but was the only offense the team could muster.


Ben Chiarot scored and empty netter with two minutes left in the third period and Moritz Seider scored a powerplay goal with 20 seconds left to finish it.


Raymond finished the contest with three points and Dylan Larkin added a pair of assists for their second win in a row. Husso stopped 32 shots.


Ilya Samsonov’s poor play continues allowing three or more goals in five of his last six starts. He is still 3-2-1 in that span.


Toronto stays on the road and head to Boston for a division battle with the league leading Bruins Saturday.


TOR Scoring: Sandin (3)


DET Scoring: Raymond (12), Fabbri PP (3), Chiarot EN (3), Seider PP (3)