The Maple Leafs beat Canada 4-3 in overtime
Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
The Maple Leafs have finally had the last word 4-3 in overtime courtesy of Auston Matthews.
Even if it was a step in the right direction, have not been sufficiently important for the Canadian wins on Saturday night.
Jeff Petry was the first defender to hit the target for the club this season, Alex Galchenyuk scored the first goal of his own in advantage digital since the beginning of the campaign, and Jonathan Drouin has been credited with first goal with the Habs. However, the Maple Leafs have finally had the last word 4-3 in overtime courtesy of Auston Matthews.
Matthews has settled after 48 seconds of the game, as he beat Carey Price with a precise shot from the side of the shield. It was his second goal of the game.
“I think we did enough tonight to deserve the win, but that’s not what happened,” said the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien. It is up to us to find a way. Perhaps we need a bit of luck, but it is up to us to create it. It should not be discouraged. We must continue to work and we’ll find a way to change the final score. “
James van Riemsdyk and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Maple Leafs (4-1-0), who ended a sequence of 14 defeats in the face of the Canadian. The last victory for the Leafs face their eternal rivals, dating back to January 18, 2014. They have also offered a 600th win in the NHL to their head coach Mike Babcock.
Price has experienced a evening of difficult in front of the net on the Canadian (1-3-1). He was surprised by a shot not being very frank van Riemsdyk and just lost the balance when Matthews took a launch lightning in the first period.
In the second period, Price lost the puck of view after Leo Komarov was tempted to put the needle back in front of the net. Marleau was able to push the disc behind the goal line during the melee subsequent, when Price was back to the game. A verification video was needed on the sequence.
The good news for Price is that the offensive of the Canadian scored three goals in regulation time, after having scored four in as many outings previously this season.
Petry and Galchenyuk beat Frederik Andersen on the side of the shield in the first period. The goal of Galchenyuk was the first Canadian in 15 opportunities in the digital advantage since the beginning of the campaign.
For his part, Drouin took advantage of a “shot-pass” perfect Karl Alzner to give a 3-2 lead in the Canadian who lasted only 67 seconds. Alzner has picked up a 100th help in career on the game. Drouin had made it fly into a shootout in the face of the Sabres in Buffalo on October 5, but these goals do not add to the counter.
Just 19 seconds before the goal of Drouin, Matthews was temporarily denied his second goal of the evening as he had hit the puck above the height of the horizontal bar, which was confirmed by a video viewing.
Despite an advantage of 13-6 in shots on goal in the third period, the Habs could not resolve the impasse.
Price finished the game with 18 stops in its folder and Andersen, 31.
The Canadian will take back the necklace on Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks during the first of three games in four nights in California.
Echoes of locker room
Carey Price on the first goal for Auston Matthews, when he lost his balance just before the attacker of the Maple Leafs shoots his shot :
“My skate got stuck in a crack,” he simply explained.
Karl Alzner on the play that he has managed on goal by Jonathan Drouin :
“The guys are good to block shots these days and it is often necessary to aim at the side of the net. It’s funny because we had practiced this type of game in training the other day. When the game develops, you can sometimes try it, sometimes it is better to try a game less risky. It has worked well. I was surprised that it succeeded a deviation from perfect as the puck was coming soon. It was a beautiful game. “
Jonathan Drouin about his first goal recorded with the Canadian :
“I didn’t think to retrieve the puck. This is not passed by my mind that it was my first goal. I hope that someone has recovered. “
Victor Mete, on the atmosphere in the stands during the first match between the Canadian and the Maple Leafs :
“Yes, the atmosphere was a little different. There seemed to be a lot of supporters of the Maple Leafs. It is a shame to have lost, but it was very noisy after our goals. “