The Maple Leafs salvaged a point after scoring the tying goal late in regulation, but wound up on the losing end of a 4-3 overtime result versus the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.
Goalie Calvin Pickard, who had been recalled from the Marlies earlier in the day, made 30 saves in the defeat.
The winning goal from the Avalanche’s J.T. Compher was scored on a power play after Connor Brown was called for interference in overtime against Nathan MacKinnon. Although Brown and coach Mike Babcock protested vehemently, it’s hard to argue that Brown’s change of direction did not impede MacKinnon from having a breakaway.
Toronto equaled the score with 1:55 left in the third period with Pickard on the Leafs’ bench for a sixth skater. After the Leafs extended possession in the Colorado zone with some strong cycling, James van Riemsdyk found the net for his team-leading 17th goal of the season.
Roman Polak had a goal and an assist for the Leafs, and Matt Martin had a first period tally, his third of the season.
MacKinnon also had one goal and one assist, good enough for taking honours as the game’s first star.