Marner scores 19 seconds into OT as Maple Leafs beat Rangers for fourth win in 5 games

Marner scores 19 seconds into OT as Maple Leafs beat Rangers for fourth win in 5 games

Mitch Marner scored 19 seconds into overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Pontus Holmberg and Timothy Liljegren scored the goals in regulation time for Toronto (30-11-8). Ilya Samsonov stopped 26 shots.

Filip Chytil had both goals for New York (26-14-8). Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves.

Marner worked his way through the three Rangers skaters in the three-on-three extra period after Toronto won the faceoff at center before scoring his 18th goal of the season past an extended Shesterkin.

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Mitch Marner scored early in overtime to give Toronto a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

Trailing 1-0 after the first, Chytil matched New York at 2:10 of the second on a sneaky head-to-head play.

The Rangers center faced David Kampf in the offensive zone tie, but instead of trying to win back the tie for a teammate, he fired the puck toward a surprised Samsonov with a shot between the bases for his 14th.

Chytil then gave the visitors, who beat Toronto 3-1 at Madison Square Garden on December 15, their first lead at 6:31 when Kaapo Kakko fired a deft pass to his linemate for his second. of the night.

Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe kept the Marner-Auston Matthews and John Tavares-William Nylander combinations intact Wednesday after reuniting the duos after Monday’s flat first period against the New York Islanders, but didn’t get the same spark as in that 5-2 victory. .

New York had an excellent chance to go up 3-1 on a power play early in the third, but Chris Kreider missed an insurance goal into Samsonov’s side of the net.

Toronto began to push as the period wore on and eventually beat Shesterkin, who won last season’s Vezina Trophy as the best goalie in the NHL, when Liljegren scored his fourth with 4:11 remaining in regulation on one play. broken.

Tavares then hit the crossbar in the dying seconds for the home team.

The Leafs jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 2:27 into the first (a portion of the late-arriving crowd had not yet been seated due to a winter storm blanketing Toronto) when Holmberg approached Shesterkin alone and hit his reverse. fifth of the campaign

Samsonov, who entered Scotiabank Arena with a 13-0-1 mark in 2022-23, made his best save of the period five minutes before intermission with a desperation save on K’Andre Miller from close range.

Toronto held an optional morning skate with little attendance, but veteran defenseman Mark Giordano, as he often is, was on the loose. “It’s a balance,” the 39-year-old explained. “You want to get into a good rhythm during the season. But for me, it’s just picking my spots.”

Keefe added that the fact that so few regulars were on the ice, which has largely become an outdated tradition, was an indication of the energy levels within his group. “You really want to put it to them in terms of what they need,” the coach said. “The morning skate is optional. The game is mandatory. We need them to be ready for it. They know their bodies. They know what they need.”

The Maple Leafs host Ottawa on Friday.

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