Nylander delights fans in Leafs win

William Nylander continued to impress his Leafs teammates, coaches and fans – registering a goal and two assists in Toronto’s 5-2 win over Calgary on Monday night.

The three-point night marked a career high for the 19-year-old, coming just two days after his first career multi-point game.

Each member of Nylander’s line – featuring Zach Hyman and PA Parenteau on the wings – scored once.

“I think our line played really well,” Nylander said. “We had Hyman going on the forecheck, getting pucks, and being great in front of the net…and PA making some great plays. The team played really well too, from the defence on the back end, and the goalie.”

Nylander began the evening by taking advantage of a miscue by Flames’ goalie Jonas Hiller behind the net, then passing out front to Parenteau whose one-timer opened the scoring in the first period.

In the second frame, Calgary tied the score on a shorthanded goal by Matt Stajan. The ex-Leaf shot from a bad angle with the puck deflecting off the stick of Nazem Kadri, ending up under the crossbar behind Jonathan Bernier.

Toronto reclaimed the lead after Nylander won a faceoff in the Calgary zone, then darted to the slot area before receiving a feed from Jake Gardiner. Nylander’s shot was tipped by Hyman – crashing the crease – for the go-ahead marker.

But before the period was out, another former Leafs player, Joe Colborne, knotted the game when teammate Mark Giordano’s shot deflected off his leg into the goal.

Nylander fired home the eventual game-winner at 29 seconds of the third period with a lethal shot from just inside the blue line.

Colin Greening and Josh Leivo scored empty net goals to round out the scoring. Bernier picked up 23 saves for the win.

“I thought their line was good and I thought he was good defensively tonight,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said of Nylander. “He back-checked hard, turned some pucks over, was good on d-zone faceoffs. You know, those things are what matters to me more than the other stuff. The other stuff, we know what he has.”