The Leafs overcame a slow start with four consecutive goals in a 4-2 comeback win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. Toronto, with its fourth consecutive win, improved its record to 15-6-0.
- Once again it was Frederik Andersen who came through with some clutch saves to give his team a chance to win. In particular Andersen’s night was highlighted by a pair of saves on Columbus right winger Josh Anderson. The netminder denied his opponent on a breakaway in the second period, then made a rather unconventional behind-the-back stop in the third frame.
- Zach Hyman scored a pair of goals, including an empty netter. Hyman’s first goal of the game ended up as the game-winner. Morgan Rielly drew an assist on the play, extending his point streak to five games (three goals, five assists).
- Tyler Ennis used some deft stickhandling behind the net before coming in front of the goal, firing a shot between Sergei Bobrovsky’s pads for his third goal of the year.
- Toronto’s highlight reel goal, the team’s second of the game, was scored by John Tavares, who accepted an incredible backhand pass from Mitch Marner after the latter player had skated almost the length of the ice to create the scoring chance. Tavares also picked up an assist to register his sixth multi-point game of the year.
- Marner, on the play of his teammate Ennis: “He’s brought a lot. He’s an unbelievable guy in this room. Outside this rink he’s an unbelievable guy as well. On the ice, he’s got a lot of skill. He is very good at making time and space for himself and making plays. It’s been a lot of fun playing with him in this locker room and he just keeps getting better and better.”
Also, the teams played a penalty-free outing.
It was the 102nd penalty free game in NHL history and the first involving the Blue Jackets.
It was the 20th involving the Maple Leafs.#NHL
— Dave McCarthy (@DaveAMcCarthy) November 20, 2018
- Both of Columbus’ goals were as a result of breakouts up the left-wing boards gone awry. Ron Hainsey failed to clear the zone on the opening goal by NHL Player of the Week, Cam Atkinson. Then Gardiner made a similar miscue in almost the same area of the rink, leading to Pierre Luc-Dubois’s goal.
- Connor Brown hit the goal post on what appeared to be a wide open net in the first period.
- A skate malfunction turned out to be rather awkward for Travis Dermott.
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