Lucas Viveiros | Report
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on Saturday night, in a game filled with ups and downs for both sides.
Toronto found the icebreaker on their lethal power-play, when Mitch Marner shot a hard pass through the seam to Auston Matthews who buried his 13th goal in 13 games to put the Leafs ahead 1-0.
Andersen would make a few big stops later in the period on Jason Zucker and Mikael Grandlund to preserve the lead at 1-0.
Following the stops, the Leafs would double their lead with 7:42 to play in the first, as former member of the Wild Tyler Ennis would score on an attempted pass to make it 2-0 Toronto.
Minnesota would get one back in the final minute of the period with Eric Staal finding the twine on a bullet of a one-timer, making it 2-1.
Then, the Wild would level the game in the second, when Jordan Greenway would connect with Eriksson Ek on a two on one, sliding the puck five hole past Andersen to make it 2-2.
Much like the first period, Andersen would be tested on numerous big chances and would be up to the task, holding the game at two’s, and buying the Leafs time to search for that go ahead goal.
That marker would come with just over five minutes remaining in the second, where Mitch Marner would float the puck on net from the blueline and Zach Hyman would tip it past Dubnyk, making it 3-2 Toronto.
That score would holdup until around the halfway point of the third period, when Jason Zucker would smack one home at the side of the net, tying the game at three’s.
Following a few more big stops by Andersen the Buds would reward their goaltender with the victory, as Nazem Kadri would score a similar goal to Ennis’ earlier in the game. On the play, Connor Brown would find Kadri who would throw the puck in front and bank it off a few members of the Wild and in, making it 4-3.
Zach Hyman would add an empty netter, to put the cherry on top and solidify the Leafs the 5-3 victory.
Revisit the game’s highlights below.
Up next, Toronto will pay a visit to Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
Game time is scheduled for 7:30pm from KeyBank Center, and can be watched on TSN4.
More news from the ice
- Toronto has won 19 of their first 27 games for the first time since the 1934-1935 season
- Morgan Rielly registered his 200th career point with an assist on Auston Matthews’ first period marker
- Mitch Marner now has 32 assists on the season, setting a Leafs franchise record for the most assists registered through 27 games
- William Nylander broke his silence and spoke to members of the media on Monday
- To make room for Nylander on the roster the Buds traded forward Josh Leivo to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday in exchange for Michael Carcone
Out of town scoreboard
Saturday, December 1
San Jose 2 Ottawa 6
Dallas 2 Vancouver 1
Detroit 4 Boston 2
NY Rangers 2 Montreal 5
Tampa Bay 5 Florida 4 (OT)
Winnipeg 4 New Jersey 3 (OT)
Columbus 2 NY Islanders 3
Philadelphia 4 Pittsburgh 2
St. Louis 1 Arizona 6
Chicago 2 Nashville 5
Vegas 1 Edmonton 2
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