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Leafs drop defensive duel vs Stars

The Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the Dallas Stars Thursday night by a final score of 2-1.



Lucas Viveiros | Report

The Toronto Maple Leafs played a feisty, hard-fought game Thursday night, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Dallas Stars who took the victory 2-1. 

Toronto took part in another solid defensive game, limiting mistakes in their own end, but failed to capitalize on plenty of offensive chances that should have been put into the back of the night.

Ben Bishop got the night off for the Stars, but Anton Khudobin sure looked like a starting goaltender, stopping 31 of a possible 32 shots.

His counter-part Frederik Andersen failed to match him, turning away only 17 out of 19 shots.

The game remained scoreless until 11:55 had passed into the second period, when Jamie Benn tipped one home on the power-play.

On the goal, Brampton native Tyler Seguin let a wrist shot go from the top of the right circle and his pal Benn got just enough of it to elude Andersen.

Leafs winger Mitch Marner nearly evened the game up at one’s with 6:17 to go in the second, after he shifted by Dallas d-man Miro Heiskanen, and just about slid one past Khudobin’s right pad.

As a result, Dallas would take their one goal lead into the third frame before they would double up on it 4:43 into the third.

Devin Shore was the recipient of the tally after a beautiful tick-tack-toe play between himself, Janmark and Seguin, leaving no chance with Frederik Andersen sprawling.

After the Stars grappled their 2-0 lead, Toronto would push with lots of high quality chances, but Khudobin would stand tall turning shot after shot away.

Patrick Marleau thought he had cut the lead in half with 10:48 to play in the third, raising his right arm into the air, but although his shot got by Khudobin, it failed to beat the right goal post.

Marleau would get his revenge with just over three minutes to play in regulation however, as off of a Tavares shot, the grizzled veteran would calmly control the puck and slam it home.

That was as close as the Maple Leafs would get however, as they would drop the game by a final score of 2-1.

Revisit all of the game’s highlights below.

Up next the Maple Leafs will travel to Pittsburgh to take on Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Saturday night.

Puck drop is set for 7:00pm from PPG Paints Arena, and can be watched on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

More news from the ice

  • Prior to puck drop, d-man Ron Hainsey was honoured for playing in his 1000th NHL game
  • Former Maple Leafs Roman Polak and Connor Carrick were honoured with a first period tribute video
  • Before October 18th, the Maple Leafs ranked first in the NHL with 4.7 goals per game and since then are ranked dead last in the NHL with 1.7 goals per game
  • Defenseman Justin Holl played in his first game of the season and was a minus one with 12:53 of ice time

Out of town scoreboard

Thursday November 1st

Winnipeg 4 Florida 2

Pittsburgh 2 NY Islanders 3 (SO)

Washington 4 Montreal 6

Buffalo 2 Ottawa 4

New Jersey 3 Detroit 4

Nashville 4 Tampa Bay 1

Vegas 3 St. Louis 5

Colorado 5 Calgary 6

Chicago 0 Edmonton 4

NY Rangers 3 Anaheim 2 (SO)

Philadelphia 5 Los Angeles 2

Columbus 4 San Jose 1

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