Coming off a disappointing 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at home last night, you can excuse the Toronto Maple Leafs if they came out a little flat in tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. But, as the old saying goes in hockey, “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish” and for the Leafs… they ended up with a perfect finish this evening.
After playing a scoreless first frame, Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha opened the scoring, but his tally was quickly matched by back to back goals for the Leafs courtesy of James van Riemsdyk and Mitch Marner.
First, check out this RIDICULOUS tip by Mantha:
Okay, enough of that nonsense... onto the Leafs goals!
First off, JVR shrugs off the trade rumours with a nasty tip-in goal of his own:
Just prior to that goal though, William Nylander whiffs on a clear breakaway:
Up next, Marner shows some incredible patience before ripping it past Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek:
For those keeping track at home, that's two goals for the Leafs in just 18 seconds. Incredible.
Red Wings speedter Dylan Larkin had an incredible chance to tie the game at two, but couldn't beat Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney who came up with an incredible toe save:
Eventually though, Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg did managed to tie the game in the third period after he was left ALL ALONE in front by Leafs defender Nikita Zaitsev.
From there, the two sides played a close third period, with the best chance for the go-ahead goal coming off the stick of Leo Komarov. Unfortunately for Uncle Leo, he couldn't get good wood on his shot, despite facing a wiiiiiiide open net:
Not to worry though, because with just 32 seconds remaining in the tie game, Leafs superstar Auston Matthews digs up a lose puck and fires it just under the bar to claim victory for the Leafs:
One question, Leafs fans: