- Toronto goaltender Joseph Woll blocks 23 attempts in the NHL debut.
- Morgan Rielly scores a late winner to win his team Maple Leaf.
MapleLeaf’s Morgan Rielly wins the match for Maple Leaf:
Toronto Maple Leaf’s goalkeeper Joseph Woll has another spectacular memory from Buffalo, appreciations to Morgan Rielly.
Despite granting the Buffalo Sabres to score two times in 59 seconds to tie the game midway through the third period, Woll won in his NHL debut after Rielly netted with 12 seconds left to gain a 5-4 win on Saturday night.
“To be honest, it was probably the calmest I felt the whole game,” said the 23-year-old said once the Sabres tied the game on Rasmus Dahlin’s goal with 8:14 remaining. “There’s nothing to win or lose, it was just going. It’s tough to go in and it can be a stressful environment but I tried to just really stay in the moment.” Source – cbc.ca
With Maple Leaf’s forecheck edging the Sabres in their area, Rielly came to the save by booming a rising shot from almost inside the blue line. The puck sailed through a mob, struck the crossbar and had sufficient backspin to dribble inside the right post.
In scoring his first-ever goal of the season, Rielly was gleeful to aid deliver a victory for Woll, who blocked 23 shots.
“There are areas of our game that we’d like to clean up,” Rielly said. “But the fact that he gets to walk out of here with a win and a game puck and everything like that is awesome and he deserves it. There’s plenty more where that came from.” Source – cbc.ca
His debut came from a similar arena the Maple Leafs chose Woll in the third round of the 2016 draft.