The Leafs earned an all-important two points, outlasting the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Thursday night for their second win in a row.
Goaltender Frederik Andersen had a sensational 36-save effort in the victory. A key moment in the game occurred in the second period when the Leafs were caught on an odd-man rush. Andersen made consecutive, point-blank saves on Flyers attackers Brayden Schenn and Michael Del Zotto.
Then, Tyler Bozak led the ensuing rush the other way and – after stickhandling the length of the ice – fired the puck past Philadelphia goalie Michal Neuvirth, making the score 2-0 at the time.
“Everything kind of worked out at the time,” Bozak said. “It was just nice to get that one and get a lead. At the end, I was happy we were able to hang on to it and win.” The Leafs centre had been a game-time decision and confirmed his availability only after taking the pre-game skate.
William Nylander and Mitch Marner each had power play goals for Toronto; both players shooting the puck with pin-point accuracy to find the back of the net.
“He’s got a great shot,” Marner said of his teammate Nylander. “I think he fools a lot of guys who really don’t know how hard his shot is. He’s got a lot of deception in it and he showed it again tonight.”
Nazem Kadri rounded out the scoring into an empty net.
Toronto kicks off a three-game road trip beginning Saturday in Carolina.