Leafs lose Rielly, fall to Islanders 3-2 in OT
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Monday, November 21, 2022
Erik Kallgren turned the puck over with three minutes to go in the third and the New York Islanders scored to tie it before Anthony Beauvillier won it in OT.
The Toronto Maple Leafs now fall to 1-5 in overtime, and it was a very rough showing for William Nylander, breaking his stick over the net in frustration after an almost costly turnover and a pair of icings.
Noah Dobson opened the scoring in the first coming from a point shot that was tipped in by David Kampf. It was the d-man’s sixth on the year.
Toronto’s powerplay has been clicking as of late, scoring two against the Sabres in their last matchup, and it showed again. Captain John Tavares in his 300th game as a Leaf scored against his former team for his 11th in the second.
Mitch Marner assisted on the goal extending his point streak to 13 games, tying his previous best. On the streak, he has three goals and 15 assists for 18 points. Eddie Olczyk and Darryl Sittler hold the franchise record for longest streak at 18 games.
Auston Matthews tipped in his third even strength goal, ninth on the year to give the team the lead 10 minutes later. Timothy Liljegren found Matthews cutting across the front of the net with a perfectly placed shot pass.
The Leafs went into the third with a 2-1 lead but would be dealt a tough blow. Morgan Rielly collided with Islanders Kyle Palmieri at centre ice. Both would go down and did not return to the game. Hopefully Rielly is alright, this could be a crushing loss with the Leafs d-core already so depleted due to injuries.
Toronto had perhaps one of their best showings defensively in the third period. It felt like every chance the Isles had was thwarted by back checking, great defensive positioning or a big stop from Kallgren.
That was until the 2:58 mark when Kallgren had an egregious turnover. He went in behind the Leaf net to play it but instead of giving it to his defender Jordie Benn, he put it up the middle of ice where Josh Bailey grabbed it and scored sending it to overtime.
Overtime remains the same for the Buds as they failed to generate any sort of offensive zone pressure.
It wasn’t in the first minute of overtime, which has happened three times this season, by Beauvillier would end the game with a shot that got a piece of Justin Holl’s stick and past the ear of Kallgren. Holl was out in OT showing how thin the blue line is for the team.
While it’s a tough loss for the Maple Leafs, they continue a strong November grabbing 15 of a possible 20 points so far.
They move to 10-5-5 on the season and travel to New Jersey, winners of 13 straight, for a contest Wednesday to start a four-game road trip.
TOR Scoring: Tavares PP (11), Matthews (9)
NYI Scoring: Dobson (6), Bailey (4), Beauvillier OT (4)