Marner sets another franchise record, Nylander leads charge as Leafs comeback against Panthers in overtime

Josh Marano
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

It was a wild night for the Toronto Maple Leafs coming back from a 4-2 deficit to win 5-4 in overtime against the Florida Panthers. 


Mitch Marner is now the franchise leader with 19 consecutive games at home with a point. He set the Leafs franchise record for longest point streak at 23 games in mid-December.


Matt Murray started the game for Toronto but allowed four goals on eight shots and was pulled early in the second. Ilya Samsonov came in as relief and stopped the next 11 shots by the Panthers for the victory.


Carter Verhaeghe opened the scoring just under two minutes into the game with a blistering shot over the glove of Murray. 


Dryden Hunt answered back for the Leafs within a minute of the goal off a nice feed from Morgan Rielly on a 2-on-1. This was Hunt’s first goal as a Maple Leaf and his first in 17 games. Zach Aston-Reese made a great play to put the puck into open ice for Rielly to grab the second assist. He also attempted to fight Radko Gudas later in the game, but Gudas backed away.


Anton Lundell scored a short-handed marker to make the game 2-1. Marner bobbled the puck at the blue-line giving Aleksander Barkov a breakaway, Murray made the initial stop, but Lundell was there to bang in the rebound.


The Leafs had seven opportunities on the powerplay in this one and were even booed on one of them due to their lack of success. 


However, Alex Kerfoot changed that with his seventh of the season on the powerplay to tie the game. Josh Mahura answered back to restore the Panthers lead to end the first period.


In the opening minutes of the second period, it was Barkov on the powerplay going bar down on Murray to put the Cats up 4-2. This was the end of Murray’s night.


It wasn’t until one second left in the second when Auston Matthews scored his 22nd on the powerplay to cut the lead in half.


Nylander scored the lone goal in the third off his head to tie the game with just under six minutes left. 


It was Nylander again in overtime with his second of the night to ice the game with a nifty move around Verhaeghe before tucking it past Sergei Bobrovsky, who played his second in back-to-back nights.


Nylander finished this one with two goals and an assist for three points, bringing him to 50 points on the year. He sits four back of team leader Marner but continues to hold onto the lead in goals at 24. Willy is on pace for 91 points and 44 goals, both would be career highs.


Marner and the Leafs look to continue their strong home play on Thursday when they play host to the streaking Winnipeg Jets.


TOR Scoring: Hunt (3), Kerfoot PP (7), Matthews PP (22), Nylander (23), Nylander OT (24)


FLA Scoring: Verhaeghe (21), Lundell SH (6), Mahura (4), Barkov PP (12)