The Maple Leafs had a big comeback win last night, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in overtime on a goal by Auston Matthews. That’s the fourth win in a row against the Oilers after the three in a row a month ago. They Leafs have a chance to make it five wins in a row in their next game tomorrow. Here’s our recap of last night’s game.
Matthews OT winner may have come from his high hockey IQ and shooting skill, or maybe he had some special equipment imbued with magic hockey skill bonuses?
None of that would have mattered if William Nylander hadn’t tied the game late in the third period. Let’s watch that one again.
Carther Verhaeghe could turn out to be the most valuable ever prospect the Maple Leafs never knew they had. Traded to the Islanders in 2015 with a large block of prospects, he has since found his way to the Florida Panthers where he’s scoring at a very high clip. Last night, he picked up his 13th, 14th, and 15th goals of the season. That’s a 36 goal pace for a regular 82 game season.
Speaking of ex-Leafs scoring hat tricks, Phil the Thrill got one last night too with a classic Kessel wrist shot.
And Adam Fox wants to win the Vezina trophy.
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