Nylander’s four-point night lifts Leafs past Islanders 5-2
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Monday, January 23, 2023
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to show why they are one of the most dominant teams on home ice this season with a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders and their fifth straight at home.
William Nylander was phenomenal with a four-point night, posting two goals and two assists.
However, it was Anders Lee who opened the scoring in this. He beat Ilya Samsonov with 23 seconds remaining in the first period. Samsonov has been the Leafs best player at home this season, he won his 13that home improving his record to 13-0-1 at Scotiabank Arena. He stopped 31 of 33 shots.
Nylander tied the game five minutes into the second period before Lee scored his second of the night to restore the Isles lead.
John Tavares scored his 21st less than two minutes later on the powerplay thanks to a great dual assist from Nylander and Samsonov.
Calle Jarnkrok scored to put the Buds up 3-1 off a Nylander flip pass up and over the Islanders defender. Nylander closed out the period with his fourth point and second of the game. Nylander recorded all four of his points in the second period alone. Buds led 4-2.
Then in the third it was Auston Matthews continuing his point-streak to 10 games. Matthews 25th of the season on the breakaway sealed it for the team, winning at home for the fifth straight game and improving their home record to 18-3-4.
Mitch Marner’s home point-streak also comes to an end at 20 games. This is the longest in franchise history.
Toronto continues their five game homestand with a matchup against the New York Rangers Wednesday.
TOR Scoring: Nylander (25), Tavares PP (21), Jarnkrok (11), Nylander (26), Matthews (25)
NYI Scoring: Lee (16), Lee (17)