Nylander scores two, Leafs hand Sabres eighth straight loss 5-2

Josh Marano
FiredUp Network Sports Writer

@Joshmarano88

Saturday, November 19, 2022


The Toronto Maple Leafs rode a 32 save performance by Matt Murray to a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

 

Toronto improves to 6-1-2 in the month of November, getting points in nine of their last 10 games.

 

Matt Murray stood tall again allowing only two goals in the contest, both of which were powerplay markers. He is now 2-1-1.

 

John Tavares opened the scoring on the powerplay for his 10th of the season. Mitch Marner took a one time shot that deflected off the captain's shin pad and in. He also added two assists for a three-point outing. 

 

Marner and Morgan Rielly both assisted on the goal extending their individual point streaks. Marner now up to 12 games which is an NHL best across the league, and Rielly at six.

 

Calle Jarnkrok scored to put the Buds up 2-0.

 

Mark Giordano became the third Leaf defenceman this season to score a goal with a strange short-handed tally. Following a great feed by David Kampf to break Marner out of the zone, Marner then flipped the puck back to Giordano who jumped up in the rush reminiscent of his pass last season against Seattle. Sabres’ Alex Tuch, who was on the backcheck, fell into the net taking it off a couple of seconds before Giordano slipped the puck past a sprawling Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen.

 

Since a Buffalo player knocked it off themselves the goal was deemed good by the officials after review. Tuch was originally going to receive a two-minute delay of game call. 

 

Giordano passed Toronto legend George Armstrong for the oldest Maple Leaf to score a short-handed goal. The Leafs led the league in shorty’s last year with 13.

 

Tuch would redeem himself half-way through the second period with a powerplay goal. This was Tuch’s first goal against the Maple Leafs. They trailed 3-1.

 

William Nylander restored the teams three goal advantage on the powerplay. Auston Matthews ripped a one timer that hit Tavares in front and fell in behind Luukkonen for a tap in for Nylander.

 

Nylander scored his second of the game for his 10th goal off a perfectly placed aerial pass from Tavares. Nylander and Tavares are now tied for the team lead in goals.

 

This was Luukkonen’s first game this season following an injury to teammate Eric Comrie. He allowed all five goals against. 

 

Casey Mittelstadt scored his fifth on the powerplay with five minutes left to make the score 5-2.

 

Thanks to Nylander’s pair and a Matthews assist, the “big four” now all have 20 or more points. Marner leads the way with 22, Tavares with 21 and Matthews and Nylander both at 20. Rielly is close behind with 16.

 

Following a call-out from head coach Sheldon Keefe about the team’s powerplay after their loss to the New Jersey Devils, they man handled Buffalo’s 28th ranked penalty-kill going two for three. The third powerplay was awarded under the last minute in the game. Toronto killed four of six penalties they received.

 

With the win, the Maple Leafs improve to 10-5-4. 

 

The Leafs stay home for a Monday night clash against the New York Islanders, losers of two in a row. At Scotiabank Arena, the Leafs are 7-2-2. 

 

TOR Scoring: Tavares PP (10), Jarnkrok (4), Giordano SH (1), Nylander PP (9), Nylander (10)

 

BUF Scoring: Tuch PP (9), Mittelstadt PP (5)