Leafs top Hawks in OT
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Fireworks spell out 2022 for the Qatar 2022 World Cup at Khalifa Stadium earlier this year in Doha, Qatar.