Mitch Marner extended his streak with at least a point at home to 20 in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at the Scotiabank Arena.
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The Leafs forward saw off opposing goaltender Connor Hellebuyck after scoring a second-half rally in the neutral zone that gave his team a three-goal lead.
The Jets’ response came in the third period with Kyle Connor’s goal.
After an uneventful period, Austin Matthews took matters into his own hands by scoring the opening goal eight seconds into the second half. He served up a nice fake to Mark Scheifele before beating Hellebuyck with a good shot. Matthews added a second goal a few minutes later.
Mark Giordano completed the goal in an empty net.
A win to honor Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller’s No. 30 retirement night ended in overtime with the Buffalo Sabers 3-2 win over the New York Islanders at the KeyBank Center.
After the game, the former goaltender, who played 11 seasons with the Sabers, took to the rink with a beaming smile to celebrate the win with the players.
Alone ahead of Ilya Sorokin, Dylan Cozens gifted his team victory in overtime after accepting a perfect pass from Rasmus Dahlin.
Victor Olofsson had leveled the game midway through the third period, using the traffic in front of Sorokin to demystify him.
Alex Tuch initially equalized in the second period before the New York formation took the lead for the second time in the game.
The visitors silenced the fans in the first half thanks to Brock Nelson’s 16th of the season. He charged for the net and redirected an Anthony Beauvillier pass to hit the target.
Matt Martin also threaded the needle in the loss.
Rangers can’t help it
Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman turned into a brick wall in the 3-1 win over New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
The 24-year-old goalkeeper made 27 saves. He was heading for a second straight shutout before Ben Harpur managed to outsmart him late in the third period.
Quebec’s Patrice Bergeron gave his team a two-goal lead by scoring with a good shot that surprised goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin.
Pavel Zacha opened the scoring with less than two minutes left in the first half. The visiting attacker fired a shot by turning from the blue line to confuse the opposing goalkeeper.
Connor Clifton then added some in the third period.
The Bruins continue their momentum by winning an eighth game in their last 10, including three straight wins.