Lucas Viveiros | Report

William Nylander silenced his critics on Tuesday night, boasting two assists in the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Toronto came into this game looking to avoid dropping three straight decisions for the first time this season, and they didn’t disappoint.

The Buds found the 1-0 lead courtesy a hard working fourth-line shift that ended in Tyler Ennis burying a rebound past Canes goaltender Petr Mrazek, at 8:35 of the opening period.

That’s how the score would stand heading into the second period, as both goaltenders were up to the task in defending their respective creases.

That is until a Carolina power-play midway through the second, as Justin Williams found himself in all alone on Andersen after a perfect pass from Sebastian Aho. On the goal, Williams roofed the shot high glove, beating Andersen clean to tie the game at one’s.

The Maple Leafs would respond just over a minute following Williams’ equalizer when Morgan Rielly attempted to centre a pass for Andreas Johnsson, but instead found the back of the net. The puck ended up caroming off of the stick of Dougie Hamilton and in, giving the Leafs a 2-1 lead. This goal would see William Nylander register his first point of the season.

Just like Maple fans refer to him as, Frederik Andersen remained ‘steady Freddy’ on Tuesday, turning away 29 of a possible 30 shots.

The Leafs would wrap the game up with two third period tallies coming off the sticks of Patrick Marleau and John Tavares. The Marleau goal would see the veteran convert on a slick two-on-one pass from the stick of William Nylander, to make it 3-1, giving Nylander two apples on the evening.

John Tavares would then slam home a pretty feed from Marner, showing why these two are one of the deadliest duos in hockey, to stamp the game at 4-1, which would be the final score.

Revisit the game’s highlights below.

Up next, Toronto will travel to Florida to take on the best team in the National Hockey League, that being the Tampa Bay Lighting on Thursday evening.

Game time is scheduled for 7:30pm from Amalie Arena, and can be watched on Sportsnet.

More news from the ice

  • Zach Hyman served his first game of a two game suspension he received for his late hit on Bruins d-man Charlie McAvoy on Saturday
  • John Tavares skated in his 700th career game
  • Tavares registered his 43rd point against the Hurricanes in his career (the most he’s scored against any opponent)
  • Mitch Marner received his 35th assist of the season, resulting in a $212,500 bonus
  • Patrick Marleau scored his 543rd career goal, only needing one more to tie the legend Maurice “Rocket” Richard for 30th most on the all-time list

Out of town scoreboard

Tuesday, December 11th

Arizona 3 Boston 4

Los Angeles 3 Buffalo 3 (OT)

Vancouver 3 Columbus 2

Detroit 2 Washington 6

Florida 3 St. Louis 4

Ottawa 1 Nashville 3

Montreal 1 Minnesota 7

Chicago 3 Winnipeg 6

Edmonton 6 Colorado 4

More coverage to follow. Image from Sportsnet.

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