TORONTO (AP) — Frederik Andersen has bailed out the Maple Leafs in plenty of games since arriving in Toronto. His teammates returned the favor on Friday night.
Tavares scores in overtime, Maple Leafs stop Canadiens 4-3
MONTREAL (AP) — A matchup of teams battling for second place in the Atlantic Division lived up to expectations.
John Tavares scored at 2:17 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Andreas Johnsson, Nikita Zaitsev and William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs, who extended their winning streak to four games. Frederik Andersen stopped 35 shots.
Capitals fall 6-3 to Maple Leafs, lose 7th straight game
TORONTO (AP) — Nazem Kadri recorded the fifth hat trick of his career and added an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Washington 6-3 on Wednesday night and dealt the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals their seventh straight loss.
Auston Matthews, Nikita Zaitsev and Mitch Marner also scored for Toronto. William Nylander added three assists, while Morgan Rielly and Connor Brown had two each. Frederik Andersen stopped 41 shots for the win.
Kadri gets hat trick, Maple Leafs beat Capitals 6-3
TORONTO (AP) — The cheers coming from the Toronto Maple Leafs' locker-room could have easily been swapped out for sighs of relief.
Nazem Kadri recorded the fifth hat trick of his career and added an assist as the Maple Leafs defeated Washington 6-3 on Wednesday night and dealt the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals their seventh straight loss.
Pastrnak’s goal sends Bruins past Maple Leafs 3-2
TORONTO (AP) — A pair of miscues proved costly for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Boston Bruins.
Sean Kuraly and David Pastrnak pounced on mistakes by Toronto defensemen Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitsev late in the second period and turned a deficit into a lead as Boston grabbed a 3-2 victory Saturday.
"We came out and played the game we wanted to," said Toronto winger Mitch Marner, who scored his 17th goal of the season. "Just made a couple of mistakes and they didn't miss."
Alex Ovechkin has hat trick, Capitals beat Maple Leafs 4-2
TORONTO (AP) — Alex Ovechkin was at his high-scoring best — again.
"Sometimes you are just feeling it," the Russian forward said.
Ovechkin had a hat trick to help the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Saturday night.
Ovechkin scored two of his three goals in the opening period. Jakub Vrana also scored, and Braden Holtby made 27 saves for his 13th victory of the season.
Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitsev replied in the third period for Toronto. Curtis McElhinney stopped 17 shots.
Russia becomes a reliable pipeline for ready-made NHL talent
Down the street from where Detroit's Russian Five took the NHL by storm in the 1990s, defenseman Nikita Zaitsev sat down for dinner with his agent and explained that his pain of being passed over in the draft three times was gone.
Just four months into his rookie year with Toronto, Zaitsev realized not being drafted was the best thing to happen to him. Chicago's Artemi Panarin told agent Dan Milstein the same thing as he earned rookie of the year honors with 77 points last season.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Victor Antipin to a one-year, entry-level contract.
New general manager Jason Botterill announced the deal Thursday. The Sabres had been linked to the 24-year-old free agent for some time.
Antipin, a native of Kazakhstan who plays internationally for Russia, spent the past five seasons playing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League. He had six goals and 18 assists in 59 regular-season games last season.
Nylander, Komarov lead Maple Leafs past Blue Jackets 5-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets played with a man advantage over Toronto for nearly seven minutes in the third period Wednesday night, thanks to a quirky mistake by the Maples Leafs. But the Blue Jackets couldn't use it to their advantage.
Kopitar lifts LA Kings past Maple Leafs 3-2 in shootout
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anze Kopitar ended his 13-game goal drought only by banking a shot off the visor on Nikita Zaitsev's helmet. In the shootout, Kopitar fanned on his shot and still scored the winning goal.
The Los Angeles Kings and their struggling captain welcome any amount of accidental success while they attempt to stay in the playoff race.
Gardiner scores in OT to lift Leafs over Penguins
TORONTO (AP) — Confidence was running high moments after the Toronto Maple Leafs sealed an overtime victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions.
"We played about as good as we could tonight," said defenseman Jake Gardiner, who scored the winner in Toronto's 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. "But it also shows we can play with anybody."