After trailing by a pair of goals, the Leafs rallied in their game versus the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night, only to lose 3-2 in a shootout. Toronto compiled a record of 1-1-1 in their road trip to western Canada.
Daniel Sedin, the victim of the infamous hit by Nazem Kadri in the first matchup of the year between the two clubs in Toronto, opened the scoring in the first period with a slap shot from the point.
The Canucks went ahead 2-0 in the second period, courtesy of Sven Baertschi’s goal off the rush after the player tipped a centring pass from Alex Burrows past Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen.
Jamex van Riemsdyk got the Leafs on the board with a power play marker later in the frame. It was van Riemsdyk’s 11th goal of the season.
Toronto carried much of the play in the third period, outshooting their opponents 11-4 over the final twenty minutes of regulation. Auston Matthews fired a shot from the slot area to equal the score at two apiece, tying van Riemsdyk for the team lead in goals and eventually sending the game into overtime.
After a scoreless five-minute extra session, Mitch Marner was the only Leafs player to solve goalie Ryan Miller in the shootout. Bo Horvat of Vancouver got the shootout winner.
The Leafs outshot the Canucks 40-24 overall. For his efforts, Canucks goalie Ryan Miller was named the game’s first star on NHL.com
Any anticipated brouhaha between the clubs following their fight-filled affair at Air Canada Centre on November 5 never materialized, save for one fight between Matt Martin and Erik Gudbranson. The teams combined for just 22 penalty minutes, a fraction of the 171 PIMs accumulated in the slugfest last month.