Three takeaways from Toronto Maple Leafs' overtime win over Vegas Golden Knights

10 Novembre, 2019, 14:22 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (9-5-3 21 PTS) - OT

The Maple Leafs were 3-2-2 without Tavares, including Saturday's 4-3 shootout victory in Philadelphia.

Playing his second game after missing seven with a broken finger, Tavares took a pass from Mitch Marner on a 2-on-1 and scored his fourth goal of the season, beating goalie Malcolm Subban with a high shot. After three periods of play the game would need to be settled in overtime.

Max Pacioretty: Pacioretty opened the scoring in the third period and gave Vegas the lead early in the final frame.

Nick Holden's point shot rattled around the slot and fell to Ceci, who tried to clear the puck, but instead swept it right to Pacioretty and he made no mistake for his fourth goal of the season.

While the win didn't earn the Leafs any style points, head coach Mike Babcock thought it was lovely and says right now, the harder the game is for his team, the better.

"It's always tough when you switch teams and everything's new and you have to pick up where you've been living for the last few years", said Ceci, who swapped spots with Nikita Zaitsev in a summertime trade that freed the Leafs of Zaitsev's long-term deal.

Pacioretty hit both posts on a Vegas power play early in the second before Andersen robbed Shea Theodore with a great glove save on the same man advantage.

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Matthews and William Nylander scored 30 seconds apart in the third period for the Leafs.

Toronto was whistled for too many men on the ice with 1:21 left in regulation, but the Leafs held at 5-on-4 thanks to two late saves from Andersen on Jonathan Marchessault, and then for another 39 seconds at 4-on-3 in OT - including that terrific stop on Karlsson.

Subban and Frederik Andersen stood tall through the first 40 minutes of the game as neither allowed a goal in two periods of play.

Of his wins, 69 came in his two seasons with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 458 were earned during his 10-year stint with the Detroit Red Wings and 173 in a little over four campaigns with the Maple Leafs.

"In the end, we were fortunate to win the special teams battle".

In his 17-season National Hockey League career, the 56-year-old has only missed the playoffs twice and won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008.

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