The Colorado Avalanche extended their winning streak to ten games at the expense of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night, earning a 4-2 win at Air Canada Centre.
For Leafs star forward Auston Matthews, the evening was a rollercoaster of emotions. With the score knotted at 1-1 in the second period, Matthews appeared to put his team ahead, finding a loose puck in the crease that he easily tapped behind Colorado netminder Jonathan Bernier. But controversy ensued after a lengthy video review after which the apparent goal was disallowed due to goaltender interference.
Moments later, Matthews made no mistake in firing a one-time shot past Bernier for the go-ahead goal. For good measure, Matthews pointed to the net, referee-style, to punctuate his celebration.
“I think (the referee) said that his knob and blocker were in my body so it was a tough decision for them but it’s obviously one they’ve got to make and it’s got to be one or the other,” Matthews said of the call.
However the redemption was short lived. The visitors evened the score before the period was out, then – just past the midway mark of the third frame – Matthews left his man uncovered on a Colorado rush. That left Blake Comeau alone at the edge of the crease to deflect Carl Soderberg’s shot past Frederik Andersen for what held up as the game-winning goal.
Gabriel Landeskog iced the game into an empty net.
The outing was a rough one for Leafs defender Andreas Borgman. He covered the wrong player, resulting in Gabriel Bourque’s opening goal just 2:19 into the game. It was Borgman’s giveaway that led to Colorado’s second goal, scored by Nail Yakupov.
Patrick Marleau connected on his 16th goal of the year for the Leafs. Frederik Andersen made 29 saves in the loss.
“We didn’t lose the game because of (the disallowed) goal in my opinion,” coach Mike Babcock said. “We had lots of chances, we had lots of opportunity and they scored and we didn’t.”