Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak scoring game 7 OT winner against Ilya Samsonov and the Toronto Maple Leafs
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Hot-mic catches Morgan Rielly yelling at Ilya Samsonov during OT goal

Published May 12, 2024 at 2:20 PM

During Game 7 against the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly was captured on a hot mic shouting at Ilya Samsonov moments before David Pastrnak's overtime goal.

For Leafs fans, the memory of the Bruins' overtime goal will linger, not just because it ended their playoff run, but also because it highlighted underlying issues within the team.

Pastrnak's goal exposed defensive lapses from players like Mitch Marner, Morgan Rielly, and Ilya Samsonov, prompting management to consider potential changes involving these key players.

Since their elimination, the Leafs have fired head coach Sheldon Keefe, and GM Brad Treliving has hinted at significant offseason changes, possibly involving Marner and Rielly.

Had the Leafs won the game, the team's trajectory might have been different. Advancing to the second round could have led to Keefe retaining his position, and rumors of Marner and Rielly leaving might not have surfaced.

A new video captures Rielly urging Samsonov to poke check Pastrnak during his breakaway, but ultimately, Rielly's defensive lapse allowed Pastrnak to easily navigate the Leafs' zone.

"You can hear Morgan Rielly in the background scream out to Samsonov telling him to poke check Pastrnak

«Poke Sammy»"

Considering these developments, do you think Morgan Rielly has played his last game for the Toronto Maple Leafs?

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Morgan Rielly caught on hot mic yelling at Samsonov during OT goal
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Hot-mic catches Morgan Rielly yelling at Ilya Samsonov during OT goal

Do you think that was defenseman Morgan Rielly's last shift as a Toronto Maple Leaf?

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