Sheldon Keefe Gives A Interesting Answer To Why The Leafs Used Their Emergency Backup The Canadiens

Published April 10, 2023 at 8:25
BY S. HARPER
     
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It was a tale of two teams heading in opposite directions on Saturday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens battled for the final time this season. The games between the Habs and Leafs are usually very close, no matter where they are in the standings.

Canadiens Embarrassed



Unfortunately for the Canadiens, that wasn't the case last night as the Leafs beat the Canadiens like they owed them money, by a score of 7-1. However, most people aren't talking about the score; rather, they're talking about the Leafs' decision to replace goaltender Ilya Samsonov with emergency backup Jett Alexander for the remaining 70 seconds of the game.

This rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, especially Montreal Canadiens defenseman Chris Wideman, who was clearly pissed off after the game, saying,

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"The Leafs will get what they deserve in a few weeks" - Chris Wideman.



Wideman was obviously referring to the Leafs, who haven't won a playoff series in over a decade, including blowing a 3-1 series lead to the Canadiens back in the 2021 playoffs.

What was interesting was that, after the game's post-game press conference, Sheldon Keefe was asked about what made him decide to put Alexander in to finish the game. Keefe revealed that it wasn't his call; it came from the Leafs' upper management.

This clearly showed that someone, possibly Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas, didn't forget being eliminated by the Canadiens and wanted to rub salt in the wound of this loss.





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