Sheldon Keefe provides an update on Ilya Samsonov.

Sheldon Keefe provides an update on Ilya Samsonov.

Sheldon Keefe provides an update on Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov after he left Game 3 with an injury.

Jonathan Larivee

The Toronto Maple Leafs now find themselves on the brink of elimination after losing 3 straight games for the first time since October of 2022 to kick off their second round series against the Florida Panthers.

Making the already perilous situation even worse for the Leafs is the uncertainty surrounding the status of Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov heading into Game 4 of the series. Samsonov was shaken up in Game 3 after he was run over and driven into his own goal post by Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn.

Thankfully for the Maple Leafs things are looking relatively optimistic on the Samsonov front, at least if head coach Sheldon Keefe is to be taken at his word. On Monday, Keefe revealed that Samsonov's condition had improved after the violent collision that knocked him out of Game 3.

"Sammy's feeling better today, so that's positive" revealed Keefe on Monday. "He's gonna get some tests, an MRI and stuff, done today just to have a better idea of what's happening with him. We do have some time on our side here both today and tomorrow, so we'll use that time and get a better sense of where he's at."

Although Keefe appeared optimistic about the status of his number one goaltender, he also expressed confidence in backup Joseph Woll should the Leafs be forced to rely upon him in Game 4.

"In terms of Jo, I've got great confidence in him," said Keefe. "He wasn't phased when he went in the net yesterday and he backed that up with his performance. He looked really confident and comfortable, it didn't look like the moment was too big for him."