Lucas Viveiros | Report

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the San Jose Sharks on Thursday evening in a battle of two high powered offenses.

The Sharks came out of the gates hungry for vengeance against Nazem Kadri right from puck drop, due to Kadri’s fight with Sharks veteran Joe Thornton in a meeting between the two clubs last year.

As a result, the Sharks found themselves shorthanded early after Barclay Goodrow would pick up two minutes for roughing against Kadri.

Just as the penalty expired, John Tavares streaked into the Sharks zone, wrapped around the net and on a centring attempt the puck would tip off of Sharks d-man Vlasic and in, giving the Leafs the early 1-0 lead.

The period would see San Jose even up the game shortly after, as on a long dump in from Erik Karlsson, the puck would deflect off a stanchion and bounce right in front of the net for Kevin Labanc to slam home.

The tie would not last long however, as at 11:47 of the first while the two teams were playing 4 on 4, former Shark Patrick Marleau would set up a perfect shot for Kasperi Kapanen to finish on a two-on-one, giving the Leafs the 2-1 lead.

The Sharks would respond almost immediately, seeing Joe Pavelski tap one home back-door on Andersen, evening up the tilt at two’s.

Just before the intermission, Sharks defensemen Marc-Édouard Vlasic would give his team the lead at 3-2, converting on a two-on-one with Pavelski.

Toronto would roar back into the drivers seat in the second period, as Josh Leivo would snipe on a two-on-one of his own at 2:30 of the middle frame, and Kasperi Kapanen would get his second of the night on a breakaway shorthanded, to make it 4-3 Toronto.

With some key saves by Andersen and an insurance goal from Mitch Marner in the third, the Leafs would go on to pick up the two points by a final score of 5-3.

Andersen would clinch his league leading 11th win in the victory.

Revisit the game’s highlights below.

Also check out Nazem Kadri embrace his inner Jose Bautista with this bat flip.

Up next the Maple Leafs will conclude their west coast swing with a final stop in Anaheim on Friday night.

Puck drop is set for 10:00pm from the Honda Center, and can be seen on TSN4.

More news from the ice

  • Kasperi Kapanen now has registered a point against every NHL team
  • The Maple Leafs have now won 38 straight games when scoring 4+ goals
  • With the victory, Toronto picked up their first win in San Jose since January 11, 2011
  • Frederik Andersen picked up his first win in San Jose in seven tries
  • The Buds are now 8-1-0 on the road this season

Out of town scoreboard

Thursday, November 15

NY Rangers 5 NY Islanders 7

New Jersey 3 Philadelphia 0

Tampa Bay 4 Pittsburgh 3

Florida 3 Columbus 7

Detroit 1 Ottawa 2

Vancouver 2 Minnesota 6

Montreal 3 Calgary 2

Nashville 1 Arizona 2


More coverage to follow. Image from the Toronto Sun.

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