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GOTTA SEE IT: Samsonov Forgets He’s Not On Capitals, Plays Puck To Them

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Ilya Samsonov moved on from the Washington Capitals this summer and signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but in his Leafs debut against his former club,it looks like he might have thought he was still on the Capitals for a moment.

Samsonov got the puck in the offensive zone with Washington swarming. And instead of covering to stop the Johansson-Eller-Oshie line, he played the puck right back out to them.

He didn’t really direct the pass to anyone, but Marcus Johansson picked it up late and passed to Lars Eller for a good chance in the slot. That line already beat him on a leaky goal early in the game.

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Samsonov has surrendered two goals to his former team so far, with Nic Dowd and Johansson scoring.

The Russian struggled during his D.C. tenure, and after not receiving a qualifying offer this offseason, he hit free agency and signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal with Toronto. He is working in tandem with Matt Murray.

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