Leafs Take a Juicy Bite from the Big Apple as Marner Pot OT Winner: Muji’s Muji’s
Another night, another Maple Leafs win against a premier NHL netminder.
Mitch Marner scored the OT winner while Ilya Samsonov made 27 stops to improve to 14-0-1 on home ice as Toronto beat the Rangers 3-2.
Additionally, the Leafs, who improved their OT record to 5-8, extended their point streak to five games (4-0-1). Igor Shesterkin turned away 32 shots in the loss.
William Nylander picked up his 400 with an assist on Timothy Liljegren’s tying goal late in regulation.m Career points. Pontus Holmberg opened the scoring with a beauty backhand in the first period, Philip Chytil responded with a pair in the second period.
Meanwhile, there is no TNT bump for Auston Matthews. Hart Trophy winner Mike was held scoreless on the night, which marked the end of both his overall 10-game point streak and his 16-game home point streak. Both were unofficial, so whatever.
Toronto is now 19-3-4 at Scotiabank Arena this season.
Holmberg closes the page for Hot Start
If the playoffs started tomorrow, Pontus Holmberg would be in my bottom-six for Game 1. Every time he’s in the lineup, he does something to impress me even more. Oddly, he reminds me a lot of Sami Pahlsson, who played almost 800 games in the NHL. In addition, I think Holmberg has a high offensive upside and people think. It was a pretty elite finish on a semi-breakaway in the first period — against Igor Shesterkin no less. All in all, the Leafs had a much better first period than they did in Monday’s win over the Islanders. They didn’t give much to Rangers.
I’m sorry, since this happened, I can’t stop laughing at this clip.
For what it’s worth, that’s the best comedy acting I’ve seen since Schitt’s Creek. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand what Toronto’s brand is, but my goodness, can anyone breathe under Miller’s command? Remarkable things. I can feel Jay Rosehill clenching his fists from 700km away.
Just like last Saturday night against Montreal, Toronto had a wicked first and a terrible second. They were snoozing. Furthermore, there’s no question that it was a cheeky play by Chitil to shoot to the right of the faceoff on the first goal to catch Samsonov flat-footed and off-guard. That said, be prepared for that. You see that kind of thing in the Bear League. Additionally, his second goal sparked a flurry of defensive zone turnovers, something that can’t happen if you hope to beat a perennial contender like the New York Rangers. For my money, sometimes dropping glass lip isn’t a bad game. Sometimes, I think they get carried away with this puck possession stuff and forget they’re playing hockey. Keep it simple.
After a lazy second, I thought Toronto stuck with the program in the third period. Unfortunately, they were stuck with the unenviable task of trying to solve Shesterkin, but to their full credit, they persevered. It was a great job by Liljegren to follow up the game. Additionally, it’s not being talked about much, but the Leafs have looked better in OT in recent outings. In fact, it seems they have a plan. Thanks to Sheldon Keefe, the whole David Kamp starting thing really worked in Toronto’s favor.
Highlights of the night:
Game three of the five game homestand will take place on Friday night as the Leafs host the Ottawa Senators for another installment of the Battle of Ontario. On October 15, Toronto took the season series opener on home ice 3–2m.