Lucas Viveiros | Report
It may not have been the most exciting game of the season thus far, but the Toronto Maple Leafs pulled off the tight win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night.
Fredrick Andersen lead the charge for the Buds, stopping 36 of a possible 37 shots, making a number of brilliant saves.
Connor Brown got the scoring started 5:30 into the first period, after pickpocketing Nick Holden by lifting his stick and firing it home past Marc-Andre Fleury, to give the Leafs the early 1-0 lead.
John Tavares would come inches from doubling the Leafs lead with over six minutes to play in the opening period, as Mitch Marner would go dancing around the offensive end and centre a perfect pass on his tape.
Tavares would just miss the twine, and the Leafs would head into the first intermission with a narrow 1-0 lead.
Moments into the second, the Maple Leafs came out of the gates hungry for that second goal, as Marner would take a pass from Tavares and fire one high blocker side eluding Fleury, making it 2-0 Toronto.
Vegas would break through and get on the board at 11:22 of the middle frame when seconds after d-man Shea Theadore hit the crossbar, Cody Eakin would tip home another point shot from Theadore and find the back of the net.
A few minutes later Andersen would be called on to shut the door on Erik Haula, who snapped a one-time shot off of a pass from former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty.
Andersen would also fight off a slap shot from Knights enforcer Ryan Reaves with 2:45 to play in the second, making another lead preserving stop and holding the Leafs lead at 2-1 heading into the final period.
Only four minutes into the third, Knights centre Erik Haula was crushed along the boards by Leafs winger Patrick Marleau, as Haula appeared to be grabbing his leg in discomfort after the hit.
Haula would leave the game on a stretcher and would not return.
Mitch Marner was flying throughout the third period, as he created plenty of high quality chances, but couldn’t get one to beat Fleury.
Toronto would play a solid defensive period, and hold off the Knights from ever tying the game.
Nazem Kadri would add the empty-netter, as the Leafs would take the contest 3-1.
Revisit the game’s highlights below.
Up next the Maple Leafs host last season’s Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devil’s on Friday evening.
Puck drop is set for 7:00pm from Scotiabank Arena, and can be seen on TSN4.
More news from the ice
- The Maple Leafs are now 4-5-0 at home this season
- Connor Brown’s snapped a 13-game goalless drought at home
- Max Pacioretty played in his first game in Toronto as a member of the Golden Knights
- Frederik Andersen has posted unbelievable stats in the month of November since joining the Leafs, boasting a 19-7-1 record, with a 2.15 GAA, .938 save percentage, and three shutouts
Out of town scoreboard
Tuesday, November 6th
Montreal 3 NY Rangers 5
Dallas 1 Columbus 4
New Jersey 3 Ottawa 7
Vancouver 2 Detroit 3 (SO)
Edmonton 2 Tampa Bay 5
Carolina 1 St. Louis 4
Anaheim 1 Los Angeles 4
Minnesota 3 San Jose 4
More coverage to follow. Image from nhl.com