Leafs top Hawks in OT

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Riems­dyk’s skate forced over­time, Toronto also sur­viv­ing a late reg­u­la­tion Jake Gar­diner slash­ing call.

Marner, Wil­liam Ny­lan­der, Matthews and a few other noted shoot­ers came up dry dur­ing the ini­tial stage of a 43-shot bar­rage on An­ton Fors­berg. The un­her­alded goalie stood his ground most of the night and his club swept away re­bounds. From 15 goals the pre­vi­ous two games, the first time that’s hap­pened to open a sea­son in 100 years of fran­chise his­tory, the Leafs set­tled for three, their first one off the stick of Nikita Zait­sev.

The Leafs set the tone in terms of pace, but un­like against Win­nipeg and New York there was no melt­down on de­fence or in net in the first pe­riod. Start­ing for Corey Craw­ford so the lat­ter can play Tues­day in his home­town of Mon­treal, Fors­berg was look­ing for his first NHL win as a starter, com­ing in 1-8.

There was noth­ing wrong with Fred­erik An­der­sen at the other end in the first frame ex­cept bad luck, a wrap­around by de­fence­man Jan Rutta that glanced off of Marner’s stick and in. Ru­uta im­proved to plus eight through three games of his NHL ca­reer. Gar­diner, au­thor of a beau­ti­ful goal Saturday on a solo rush got mixed up in his zone, with a puck hit­ting An­der­sen’s dis­carded stick be­hind the net and end­ing up in an easy Jonathan Toews’ re­bound.

After a se­ries of dis­jointed power plays by both teams, An­dreas Borgman was just ex­it­ing the box when ex-Leaf Richard Panik beat Ny­lan­der to a back­board bounce and had an open net. But in­stead of fold­ing, the Leaf kept forecheck­ing, Brown giv­ing them a spark.

Be­fore the game, Toronto coach Mike Bab­cock tried to rec­on­cile the pack at­tack men­tal­ity of his for­wards with the trou­bles they’ve had on their side of cen­tre.

“It’s not even team de­fence (at fault), it’s what you do with the puck that puts you in bad spots,” the coach said. “We have to take care of the puck way bet­ter, play the whole 60 min­utes against a good team.

“Any set plays, face­offs, that sort of thing, you have to know what your job is. We can be way bet­ter with­out (the puck), we’ve given up 37 and 35 shots and that’s way too much. If that was 27 and 25, we’d be feel­ing way bet­ter. (In the opener in Win­nipeg) we had eight penalty kills that (skews the shot num­bers) and things get away on you a lit­tle bit. I don’t know if they counted (shots against) by two in here the bin Khal­ifa Al Thani and for­mer For­eign Min­is­ter Ha­mad bin Jas­sim Al Thani. Some be­lieve both still wield in­flu­ence within Qatar’s cur­rent gov­ern­ment now ruled by the for­mer emir’s son, Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al Thani.

Khal­fan, who pre­vi­ously has writ­ten con­tro­versy-catch­ing tweets about Is­rael and U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, also wrote that Qatar “is no longer our con­cern,” sug­gest­ing me­dia in the boy­cotting coun­tries dial back their cov­er­age of the dis­pute.

By Mon­day night, Khal­fan re­turned to Twit­ter to write that his tweets were his “per­sonal anal­y­sis.” other night, we’ll check that over time here, but it’s im­po­rant to keep your shots against and your chances against down.” The Hawks had just xx shots. With Con­nor Car­rick nurs­ing what’s be­ing re­ferred to as an up­per body in­jury, Bab­cock dressed both his rookie Swedes, Calle Rosen and Borgman. It con­jured im­ages of Borje Salm­ing and Inge Ham­marstrom, who de­buted 44 years ago Wednesday, but three Swedish rook­ies were ion the Leaf lineup two years ago, Ny­lan­der, Vik­tor Loov and To­bias Lind­berg, pre­ceded by Carl Gun­nar­son and Vik­tor Stal­berg in 2009-10 and Staffan Kron­wall and Alex Steen in ’05-06.

The two were on with coun­try­man Ny­lan­der when Toronto had a good chance to get on the board, but they at least put enough heat on the Hawks to force the visitors’ first penalty. That power play dried up on a sin­gle shift, but soon after Rosen and Brown set up a pinch­ing Zait­sev for his sec­ond of the sea­son. The Rosen and Brown as­sists left Eric Fehr as the only Leaf skater with­out a point. Fehr, the fourth line cen­tre who has flipped with Do­minic Moore so far, had a cou­ple of chances to get on the board.

“I said Qatar is fak­ing a cri­sis and claims it’s be­sieged so it could get away from the bur­dens of build­ing ex­pen­sive sports fa­cil­i­ties for the World Cup,” he tweeted.

“That’s why Qatar isn’t ready and can’t host the next World Cup,” he added.

As the cri­sis has dragged on de­spite me­di­a­tion by Kuwait, the United States and Euro­pean na­tions, Qatar’s op­po­nents have be­gun tar­get­ing its host­ing of the FIFA cup. They’ve pointed to al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion sur­round­ing Qatar’s win­ning bid, as well as the con­di­tions that labour­ers work­ing in Qatar face in build­ing in­fra­struc­ture for the games.

The Strat­ford War­riors’ mod­est two-game win streak came to a halt with a 6-1 loss in Water­loo Sun­day.

Justin McCombs scored twice and had an as­sist for the Siskins. Win­ston Cest­nick had a goal and two as­sists, while Rewdy Scott and Sam Cherry each added a goal and as­sist. Alex Pot­ter notched a sin­gle marker.

James Ran­son picked up a pair of helpers.

Water­loo goalie Brett Miller made 37 saves, in­clud­ing 17 in the first pe­riod.

Jack Scan­lan had the lone War­riors goal, which made it 3-1 with two min­utes left in the mid­dle frame. It was the Strat­ford cap­tain’s team-lead­ing ninth goal and 20th point.

An­drew Viglia­tore made 30 saves in his first loss in four starts.

The War­riors’ po­tent of­fence couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize on eight power plays, which helped them out­shoot Water­loo 38-36. The Siskins, mean­while, went 2-for-4 with the man ad­van­tage.

De­spite the loss, Strat­ford (7-2) re­mains in third place, one point be­hind the Guelph Hur­ri­canes with three games in hand. The War­riors host the first-place Lis­towel Cy­clones Fri­day at 7:30 p.m.

• • • Lis­towel is 9-1 after a 6-2 win Sun­day in Elmira.

Jakob Lee scored twice for the Cy­clones, who are in Kitch­ener tonight.

Ben VanOoteghem had a goal and two as­sists, and Max Coyle, Hol­dyn Lansink and Chayse Her­rfort also scored. Cullen Mercer had three as­sists.

Ethan Skin­ner and Ty Biles replied for Elmira.

Cy­clones goalie Max Wright made 25 saves, while Sugar Kings coun­ter­part Tyler Maz­zo­cato stopped 46 shots.

Lis­towel went 1-for-10 on the power play, and Elmira was 0-for5.

• • • The Mitchell Hawks lost 4-2 in Al­lis­ton on Sun­day.

Blake Pick­er­ing and Jamie Shoe­maker scored for the Hawks, who trailed 4-0 be­fore mount­ing a late come­back. Derek El­liott as­sisted on both goals.

Hawks goalie Tyler Parr made 42 saves as Al­lis­ton out­shot Mitchell 46-25.

Each team scored once on the power play.

The Hawks dropped to 6-2-1-0 and are third in the Pol­lock Di­vi­sion.

• • • Even in de­feat the Tav­i­s­tock Braves picked up a point.

The Braves lost 4-3 in over­time in New Ham­burg on Sun­day, drop­ping to 6-0-0-1 and sec­ond place in the Do­herty Di­vi­sion.

Kellen Gedies, Cole Cor­riveau and An­gus Row­land scored for Tav­i­s­tock.

New Ham­burg’s Colin Martin had a hat trick, in­clud­ing the over­time goal. Walker Dav­i­son had the other goal.

Braves goalie Justin Osolink made 37 saves, while Fire­birds coun­ter­part Michael Black stopped 45 shots.

Tav­i­s­tock went 0-for-4 on the power play but killed off New Ham­burg’s five chances with the man ad­van­tage. co­smith@post­media.com

FRANK GUNN/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS SPORTS EDITOR

Toronto Maple Leafs’ goalie Fred­erik An­der­sen stops Chicago Black­hawks’ left wing Pa­trick Sharp after a break­away at­tempt dur­ing first pe­riod NHL hockey ac­tion, in Toronto, on Mon­day night. The Maple Leafs won the game 4-3 in over­time.

QATAR 2022

Fire­works spell out 2022 for the Qatar 2022 World Cup at Khal­ifa Sta­dium ear­lier this year in Doha, Qatar.

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