Don’t let the final score fool you. This game was closer than 4-1 may seem. Two late goals in the final minute sealed an overall solid defensive showing by the Leafs. But in the end, the Leafs exited with two points and that’s what truly matters.
The San Jose Sharks opened up the scoring on Friday night. Kevin Labanc tipped a Brent Burns point shot past Frederik Andersen for the early lead.
The Leafs had a bunch of great opportunities in the first to level the scoring but couldn’t seem to find the back of the net. Kasperi Kapanen made a great play to beat the defender wide and fed a pass past two Sharks to Jason Spezza in the slot but the shot was saved by Martin Jones.
The second period nearly came and went without any changes to the scoreboard. But Jake Muzzin had other thoughts. He slipped past Evander Kane’s coverage to the front of the net and tucked a Spezza pass with 1.9 seconds left in the period.
Auston Matthews had to leave the game due to concussion protocol after being hit by Brenden Dillon but returned.
After fighting back and forth with the Sharks all night Morgan Rielly took the lead at 14:31 in the third and the Leafs never looked back. Rielly took a pass from William Nylander and sniped a wrist shot past Jones’ glove hand. Ilya Mikheyev and Auston Matthews both added a goal in the final minute to put the game out of reach for the Leafs. Mikheyev’s goal being of the empty net variety. Matthews’ goal was his ninth of the season.
Frederik Andersen only faced 17 shots on the night. It was a great defensive showing by the Leafs who have allowed a NHL worst 40 goals so far this season.
(Assistant) Captain Morgan showed up for the Leafs again tonight. His third period goal was his 12th point of the season in 12 games.
Justin Bieber was at tonights game in Toronto. Take that however you want.