Toronto defeat Boston
The Toronto Maple Leafs pulled off an impressive late win against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night thanks to an overtime goal from Morgan Rielly.
Rielly was scoring his second goal of the night at Scotiabank Arena, though he didn’t know much about it as a shot from Mitch Marner after a pass by Auston Matthews deflected off Rielly past Jaroslav Halák to give the Maple Leafs the win with 1:06 left in overtime.
Toronto went into the game as slight outsiders with sports betting companies, and they were made to work hard by the visitors, who tied the game at 3-3 through David Pastrňák with 4:26 left in the third period, thanks to a one-time from the left following a pass by Patrice Bergeron.
Also scoring for the Maple Leafs were Dmytro Timashov and Alexander Kerfoot, while Frederik Andersen played his part with 43 saves at the other end to give Toronto their third win out of four, following a poor run that saw them lose three in a row.
Speaking after the game, Andersen said that he hoped that the win and the good run of recent form would provide the team with a foundation for the rest of the season
“We want to start stringing some wins together. We know we haven’t been as consistent as we’d like, but this was a good test for us, and hopefully we can build on this.”
The Bruins also scored through Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen, while Halák contributed 25 saves, but despite having the better of the play in the second period, they couldn’t force the win.
Rielly got the game off to a good start for the Maple Leafs on 5:55 in the first period, firing in a shot that ricocheted off Brandon Carlo to give them the lead, and they extended that advantage on 15:44 when Timashov shot past the glove of Halák to register his first NHL goal
Boston showed their tenacity, pulling a goal back through a one timer by DeBrusk near the end of the first, and then outshooting Toronto 15-2 in the second.
They had to wait for their equaliser until the start of the third period, when Heinen scored from the right face-off circle, but Toronto hit back through Kerfoot, who scrambled in a rebound from a shot by Jake Muzzin, before Pastrňák set up a tense overtime period.
Words: Stijn Janssen