The Maple Leafs beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 in a shootout on a Friday night in Toronto. William Nylander led the effort with two goals and a primary assist, including his first career shorthanded goal. Nylander's point streak is up to 14 games through 14 games this season.
Joseph Woll struggled for much of the game, but shut the Flames down in overtime and most of the shootout for his fifth win of the season. John Tavares and Calle Järnkrok also scored for the Leafs. Nylander led the Leafs in shots with seven against his hometown team.
Ryan Reaves was benched after the 4-3 goal midway through the second period and wasn't seen in the third period. Kämpf and Gregor took shifts with Bertuzzi, Nylander, and Knies from the top six. That's your preview for 11/7 moving forward.
And just in case it's interesting, Reaves waived to in the minors would be leave a $200k cap hit on the Leafs books.
Nylander gave Bertuzzi the first chance with a rocket pass for a 2-on-1 with Tavares. Bertuzzi took the shot, and the rebound nearly fell to Tavares, but it bounced to the wall.
Robertson drew the first power play with his feet, getting a tripping call on Greer.
WILLY REACHES 14 GAMES!! An insane effort, and a tough guy celly as three Flames couldn't budge Nylander from swinging back and forth to the net.
Morgan Rielly thought he scored – as did everyone else in the building – with a shot through the short side of Vladar. The replay definitely looks like a goal, but the referees never got the call to bring it back. An argument could be made that the puck went off the short side post, and the goalie's stick moved the net. A reverse angle would be great, but the broadcast was never given it.
Connor Zary ties the game a couple minutes later from a feed by Kadri. Woll couldn't keep the rebound and Zary slipped it over his shoulder.
Järnkrok! Another goal for the third line with Robertson stealing the puck in the neutral zone, Domi making the pass, and Järnkrok found the back of the net.
I'm starting to like Lagesson as a third pair defender. Lagesson-Gio is a tough pairing to go up against.
The Leafs were strong in the first half of the period, buoyed by their two goals, but in the second half they let the Flames control the play. The Flames ended up having control of the shots (16-20). Scoring chances were even, but the Flames had 57% of the expected goals.
SHORTHANDED WILLY!!! Nylander steals the puck defending a zone entry while down 4v5, gets up to speed in a few strides, and powers a shot past Vladar for his second of the night. Noah Gregor was his PK partner and was also there going up the ice on the break. This goal was Nylander's first career shorthanded goal.
Oh, Willy, you've done it again! Tavares gets the gift goal from Nylander behind the net. A third point for Nylander, his 21st point in 14 games.
Nikita Zadorov, who has been tied to the Leafs under Brad Treliving, scored from the point to bring the Flames within two. Everyone was ducking as his slapshot found the top corner.
AJ Greer deflected a point shot from Weegar to really make it a game before the second period was up. This was the second goal against for Reaves in less than five minutes tonight. That's 0-11 this season.
Knies nearly got it back in the dying seconds of the period, but he wouldn't have gotten the puck over the line in time.
A better period for the Leafs, even though they reached a big lead and lost it by the end. However, Woll was getting Flames all over his crease, and they were knocking him down a couple times.
Woll let another goal between his legs as the Flames tied the game. That's an eighth home game with at least four goals against. Rookie Martin Pospisil got the last touch.
The next chance, the 22nd shot on Woll, went off the goalpost as he looked lost in the middle of the net.
Chaos, and Nylander can't believe he didn't get his hat trick. Tavares gets multiple chances in front, including from his butt, and Nylander had a third rebound that he just missed past the net. How did none of those go in, wow! Strong response from the Leafs after starting the third on autopilot.
Tavares dekes through Hanifin for a scoring chance.
Zadorov stood up Bertuzzi solid in the defensive end. Both Kämpf and Gregor tried to hit Zadorov, but he didn't budge. They then went back to playing defense. Very impressive from a future Leaf.
Robertson had a pair of chances in the final few minutes, including a snipe off the crossbar. He's looking more comfortable in the NHL.
The Leafs completely controlled the play after they allowed the tying goal. The Flames didn't get a shot in the third period after their goal (three shots in the period total) while the Leafs took 13.
Two early, terrifying, giveaways from Matthews in his first OT shift.
Matthews with another bad jump into the play, giving the Flames a 2-on-1 the other way. McCabe did great to disrupt the play, but Woll had to make a huge save to keep the game alive.
Woll playing his best minutes in overtime after a break in the third.
Robertson had a shot, but missed the net wide.
Matthews nearly gets the puck to trickle across the line.
Nylander almost wins it with a power move to the net!
Woll stops Mangiapane on a breakaway!
We go to a shootout.
Nylander – shoots but gets stopped
Huberdeau – stopped by Woll's blocker
Matthews – shoots off Vladar's blocker
Sharangovich – scores into the top corner glove side
Marner – pulls a lost puck twice but scores!
Zary – stopped by Woll's pad
Into the extra rounds...
Robertson – dangles but can't put it home
Kadri – stopped by Woll's blocker
Domi – snipes the top corner!
Dube – stopped and the Leafs win!