Lucas Viveiros | Report
Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly lead the Maple Leafs to their third straight win on Thursday night, beating the Red Wings 5-3 on the road.
It was another ‘typical’ start for the Maple Leafs, as they surrendered the first goal of the game for the fourth time in five contests this season.
The goal came off the stick of Red Wings d-man Nick Jensen, who joined a rush to create a four on one and fired low blocker past Frederik Andersen just 7:18 into the contest.
Toronto would respond over eight minutes later to level the playing field, as the Red Wings got caught on a poor change and behind a beautiful tap on pass by Tavares. On the play Marner was sprung on a three on one where he fed Morgan Rielly who rifled a one timer past Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard to tie the game at 1’s.
The Leafs would take control of the match in the middle frame with Mitch Marner recording his third of the season on a back door play set up by Maple Leafs grinder Zach Hyman.
Then five and a half minutes later on the power-play, Auston Matthews would record his league leading eighth of the season (in only five games) with a tricky wrist shot that fooled Howard to give the Leafs a two goal cushion heading into the third.
Halfway through the third period Nick Jensen would pull the Red Wings back into the game with his second of the evening on a crash the net play, leaving Andersen sprawling to no avail.
But the NHL’s points and goals leader Auston Matthews would have a response under a minute later with another power-play tally (his ninth of the season) off of a unbelievable feed from John Tavares.
Fellow American Dylan Larkin would throw a shot on goal from the blue line with over six minutes to play and it would some how trickle its way by Andersen. The play would be reviewed and deemed conclusive that the puck did in fact fully cross the line, making the game interesting at 4-3.
Toronto defensemen Ron Hainsey would squash the comeback attempt with a late empty netter, as the Leafs would emerge victorious 5-3.
Revisit all of the game’s highlights below.
Next Toronto will conclude their four game road trip in America’s capital on Saturday evening against Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals.
Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. from Capital One Arena, and can be seen on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
More news from the ice
- Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly sit tied for top spot in the NHL with 12 points a piece
- John Tavares and Mitch Marner sit tied behind them with 10 points each
- Auston Matthews is the third player in Leafs franchise history, and first in 74 years to score a goal in each of his team’s first 5+ games of a season
- Auston Matthews is the 12th player in NHL history to record multiple points in each of his team’s first five games of a season, and at age 21 is the youngest player to ever achieve this feat, surpassing Wayne Gretzky who achieved this at age 22
- Morgan Rielly set the NHL modern-era record (since 1943) for most points by a d-man through his team’s first five games of a season with 12 (Bobby Orr had 11 in 1973-74)
- The Red Wings announced before the game they will retire Red Kelly’s No. 4 jersey on February 1, 2019 when they host the Maple Leafs (Toronto retired his jersey two years ago)
- Red Wings d-man Nick Jensen has scored three of his six career goals against Toronto
Out of town scoreboard
Edmonton 1 Boston 4
Colorado 6 Buffalo 1
Columbus 5 Florida 4
Washington 0 New Jersey 6
San Jose 2 NY Rangers 3 (OT)
Vegas 2 Pittsburgh 4
Los Angeles 3 Montreal 0
Vancouver 4 Tampa Bay 1
Calgary 3 St. Louis 5
Winnipeg 0 Nashville 3
Chicago 3 Minnesota 4 (OT)
More coverage to follow. Image from the Toronto Sun.