Lucas Viveiros | Report
The Toronto Maple Leafs propelled past the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in overtime on Friday evening, therefore completing a perfect 3-0-0 sweep of the California teams.
The Buds soured into this one after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on Tuesday, as well as handing the San Jose Sharks a loss by a final score of 5-3 on Thursday.
This contest would be a lot tighter, and more defensive then the past two however, as the only puck to get by Anaheim goaltender John Gibson in regulation would come off of the skate of veteran Patrick Marleau, who redirected a pass from Gardiner and into the net.
Toronto would grab hold of the 1-0 lead at 5:42 of the first period, and hang onto it for the majority of the game, riding back-up tendy Garret Sparks, who made multiple big stops, including a few on Ducks forward Rickard Rakell.
Unfortunately, Toronto couldn’t hold onto the lead heading into the final frame, as with under a minute and a half remaining in the second, Pontus Åberg would beat Sparks clean with a slap-shot from the top of the left circle.
The third period would see numerous huge chances for the Ducks to convert, as Sparks seemed lost in the net at times, but was bailed out by some huge defensive plays from his teammates.
Toronto would manage to hang on and force overtime, where Morgan Rielly would play hero.
On the play, Marner would carry the puck from his own end, and delay his speed in the neutral zone, waiting for his teammate Rielly to force the two-on-one. Upon entering the Ducks zone, Marner would zip it across to Rielly, who fired the disk as quick as he could, leaving Gibson with no chance, and the Maple Leafs with the two points.
Toronto successfully sweeped their way through California for the first time since 1995.
Revisit the game’s highlights below.
Next Toronto will return home to welcome Seth Jones and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.
Game time is scheduled for 7:00pm from Scotiabank Arena, and can be viewed on Sportsnet.
More news from the ice
- Toronto is now 9-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the game this season
- The Maple Leafs 14 wins are tied for the second most in franchise history through the first 20 games of a season
- John Tavares failed to record a point for the first time in seven games
- Mitch Marner has an NHL leading 18 primary assists this season
- The Ducks have now played in overtime in eight of their 13 home games this season
- The Buds are now 9-1-0 on the road this season
Out of town scoreboard
Friday, November 16
Boston 0 Dallas 1 (OT)
Buffalo 2 Winnipeg 1 (SO)
Los Angeles 2 Chicago 1 (SO)
Washington 3 Colorado 2 (OT)
St. Louis 4 Vegas 1
More coverage to follow. Image from nhl.com