Mitch Marner scored 19 seconds into time beyond regulation because the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night time.
Pontus Holmberg and Timothy Liljegren had the objectives in regulation for Toronto (30-11-8). Ilya Samsonov stopped 26 photographs.
Filip Chytil had each objectives for New York (26-14-8). Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves.
Marner wove his well beyond all three Rangers skaters within the three-on-three further interval after Toronto received the faceoff at centre earlier than tucking his 18th purpose of the season previous an outstretched Shesterkin.
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Down 1-0 after the primary, Chytil obtained New York even at 2:10 of the second on a sneaky faceoff play.
The Rangers centre squared off towards David Kampf on the offensive zone draw, however as an alternative of making an attempt to win the draw again to a teammate, he fired the puck towards a shocked Samsonov with a shot by means of the pads for his 14th.
Chytil then gave the guests — who beat Toronto 3-1 at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15 — their first lead at 6:31 when Kaapo Kakko fired a slick move to his linemate for him to snap house his second of the night time.
Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe stored the Marner-Auston Matthews and John Tavares-William Nylander mixtures intact Wednesday after reuniting the duos after Monday’s flat first interval towards the New York Islanders, however did not get the identical spark as in that 5-2 victory.
New York had a terrific probability to go up 3-1 on an influence play early within the third, however Chris Kreider flubbed a certain purpose in conjunction with Samsonov’s web.
Toronto began to push because the interval wore on and eventually beat Shesterkin, who received final season’s Vezina Trophy because the NHL’s high netminder, when Liljegren scored his fourth with 4:11 left in regulation on a damaged play.
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Tavares then rattled the crossbar within the dying seconds for the house aspect.
The Leafs jumped out to a 1-0 lead 2:27 into the primary — a bit of the late-arriving crowd had but to take their seats on account of a winter storm that blanketed Toronto — when Holmberg moved in alone on Shesterkin and backhanded his fifth of the marketing campaign.
Samsonov, who entered Scotiabank Arena at 13-0-1 in 2022-23, made his greatest cease of the interval 5 minutes earlier than the intermission with a desperation stick save on K’Andre Miller from in tight.
Toronto held a evenly attended elective morning skate, however veteran defenceman Mark Giordano — as he normally is — was out getting unfastened. “It’s a steadiness,” the 39-year-old defined. “You wish to get into a very good rhythm through the season. But for me, it is simply choosing my spots.”
Keefe added the very fact so few regulars have been on the ice for what has largely turn out to be a dated custom was a sign of power ranges inside his group. “You actually wish to put it on them when it comes to what they want,” mentioned the coach. “The morning skate is elective. The recreation is obligatory. We want them to be able to go for that. They know their our bodies. They know what they want.”
The Maple Leafs host Ottawa on Friday.