William Nylander scored six seconds into overtime on a penalty shot to lift the Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Wednesday.
Nylander was awarded the penalty shot after being hooked by Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith. The Leafs player beat goaltender Jeff Glass high on the blocker side for the game-winner.
The victory was a measure of redemption for the Leafs, who surrendered the tying goal by Nick Schmaltz amidst heated controversy. Coach Mike Babcock challenged the play for interference, and video review clearly showed Artem Anisimov lying on top of Frederik Andersen, preventing the goalie from making the save.
However, the goal was upheld, adding insult to injury for Toronto, who had a goal by Auston Matthews disallowed on Monday versus Colorado for an apparent interference that was far less egregious.
Mitch Marner registered his seventh goal of the season, and Nazem Kadri – with just his second goal in the past 21 games – also found the net for the Leafs.
Nylander’s goal tied the NHL record for the fastest regular season overtime marker, as per SportsNet.
Fastest OT goals, NHL history (all 6 seconds)
Mats Sundin: Dec 30, 1995
David Legwand: Mar 9, 2006
Alex Ovechkin: Dec 15, 2006
Andreas Athanasiou: Jan 3, 2018
William Nylander: Tonight
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) January 25, 2018
It was Toronto’s first victory in Chicago in nearly 15 years.
The rare feat prompted the following observation:
This is the first Leafs victory in Chicago that has ever been celebrated on Twitter.
— Rob Del Mundo (@Rob_DelMundo) January 25, 2018