Lucas Viveiros | Report
The Toronto Maple Leafs won their second straight contest in a 4-2 defeat over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.
Mitch Marner was the catalyst offensively, complying three assists to lead his team to the victory.
Frederik Andersen also contributed in a large way to get his team the two points, stopping 38 of a possible 40 shots to improve to 11-1-0 in 12 career regular season starts vs the B’s.
Toronto opened the scoring at 17:44 of the first period, following a Kevan Miller blocked shot, as Marner would steal the puck from Pastrnak and find Dermott for a wide open look.
The Buds would hang onto that lead until 3:39 into the middle period, as after multiple failed clearing attempts by the Leafs penalty killers, Brad Marchand would set up Pastrnak backdoor to tie the game at one’s.
Freddy Andersen would be called upon just over a minute later to keep the game tied, as he moved perfect laterally and robbed Jake DeBrusk with the glove hand, making his best stop of the game.
The score remained tied until 13:06 through the second, when Mitch Marner would dance in the Bruins zone, take the puck behind the net and distract four Boston Bruins. Leafs d-man Igor Ozhiganov would pinch in at the perfect time, receiving the pass from Marner and firing the puck off of John Moore and in.
The goal would be Ozhiganov’s first career National Hockey League goal, and would put Toronto in the driver’s seat at 2-1.
But perennial Leaf killer David Pastrnak would be back for more, burying another goal just a minute and 16 seconds following Ozhiganov’s tally.
On the play, after a won face-off, Torey Krug would pick out Pastrnak with a perfect tape-to-tape feed and Pastrnak would slide the disk into the yawning cage to tie things at two’s.
Toronto would restore their lead before the end of the second however, as on the power-play Josh Leivo would slam home a rebound after Tyler Ennis got the initial shot away, making it 3-2 Toronto.
Freddy Andersen would make 12 stops in the third, and Zach Hyman would add an empty net goal, as the Maple Leafs would take the victory by a final score of 4-2.
Revisit the game’s highlights below.
Up next, the Buds will welcome Brett Burns and the San Jose Sharks to Toronto for a battle on Wednesday night.
Puck drop is set for 7:30pm from Scotiabank Arena, and can be seen on Sportsnet.
More news from the ice
- Both teams were without top players, with Toronto missing Auston Matthews and William Nylander and Boston playing without Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy
- Patrick Marleau became the 11th player in NHL history to play in 1600 games
- Frederik Andersen is now 11-1-0 with a 2.08 GAA and a .937 save percentage in 12 career regular season starts vs Boston
- Mitch Marner ranks third in multi-point games in the NHL this season and first in primary assists
- David Pastrnak has scored 28.4% (19 out of 67) of his team’s goals this season, which leads the NHL
Out of town scoreboard
Monday, November 26
New Jersey 3 Florida 4 (OT)
Washington 4 NY Islanders 1
Ottawa 2 NY Rangers 4
Columbus 7 Detroit 5
More coverage to follow. Image from SB Nation.