TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored 54 seconds into time past regulation to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
Matthews took a pass from Morgan Rielly in the extra duration and fired a shot that hit the stick of Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl earlier than bouncing in off defenseman Darnell Nurse’s skate and past goalie Mike Smith.
“I’m going to employ that, for determined,” Matthews talked about. “It’s frustrating when the puck’s no longer going in, but as lengthy as I’m getting chances I accurate attempt to protect distinct and continue to push and shoot the puck and continue to think, ‘The next one’s going in, the subsequent one’s going in.’ Now no longer in reality how I drew it up or ever envisioned it, but I’ll employ that.”
Matthews broke a tie with Oilers star Connor McDavid for the NHL targets lead alongside with his 22nd. The Toronto star moreover had an support.
Toronto overcame a two-aim deficit in the third duration, with John Tavares cutting it to begin with 7: 39 left and William Nylander tying it with 3: 22 remaining.
“Resiliency,” Matthews talked about. “We accurate stuck with it.”
Pierre Engvall moreover scored, and Jack Campbell made 17 saves to support North-leading Toronto win its third straight and make stronger to 22-10-2.
Leon Draisaitl had a aim and two assists for Edmonton, Tyson Barrie added a aim and an support against his former team, and Nurse moreover scored. Mike Smith made 27 saves. McDavid had two assists to push his NHL-finest points total to 62.
“It’s a correct team,” Draisaitl talked about. “We’re a extremely correct team. It’s repeatedly tight games.”
The teams will entire the two-game diagram and the nine-game season collection Monday night at Scotiabank Enviornment.
The Oilers performed for the principle time in per week after their three-game collection in Montreal turned into as soon as postponed when two individuals of the Canadiens were added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list Monday.
“Our power turned into as soon as all correct,” Oilers coach Dave Tippett talked about. “Our execution turned into as soon as unlucky.”