‘All over the puck,’ Ny­lan­der leads Leafs

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - KEN POWTAK

Wil­liam Ny­lan­der ended up with brag­ging rights over his good friend, David Pas­tr­nak, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Bos­ton Bru­ins in a wild Na­tional Hockey League game Satur­day night.

Ny­lan­der got his first ca­reer hat trick, James van Riems­dyk scored his sec­ond of the game to break a tie with 1:36 left, and the Maple Leafs snapped a three-game los­ing streak with a 6-5 win.

“We’ve got to bring Pas­tr­nak on the road with us all the time to ev­ery rink,” Toronto coach Mike Bab­cock joked.

“(Ny­lan­der) al­ways wants to be bet­ter than 88, so we’ve just got to get an 88 on ev­ery team and he’ll be un­be­liev­able.”

Pas­tr­nak, 20, and from the Czech Repub­lic, and Ny­lan­der, 20, who is now Swedish but was born in Canada, play a sim­i­lar style and are two bud­ding stars. Con­nor Brown also scored for Toronto, which moved one point be­hind Bos­ton for third place in the At­lantic Divi­sion. The Maple Leafs have played five fewer games than the Bru­ins. But it was Ny­lan­der’s night.

“That’s def­i­nitely a night he will re­mem­ber, for sure,” Maple Leafs rookie Aus­ton Matthews said. “He was all over the puck. He ob­vi­ously has an un­be­liev­able shot, a re­ally good re­lease and he was able to uti­lize it on all three goals.”

Pas­tr­nak scored two goals for Bos­ton, and Ryan Spooner, Pa­trice Berg­eron and Torey Krug each added one. Berg­eron and Krug had power-play goals.

The Bru­ins ral­lied from a 4-1 deficit and tied it at 5 late.

“You’re al­ways dis­ap­pointed when you lose a game like that,” Bos­ton coach Claude Julien said.

Fred­erik An­der­sen stopped 36 shots for the Maple Leafs. Goal­tender Tuukka Rask, play­ing his 12th con­sec­u­tive game, was pulled af­ter Leafs’ fourth goal. Zane McIn­tyre made 10 saves in re­lief.


Toronto Maple Leafs Wil­liam Ny­lan­der cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing one of his three goals in Satur­day’s 6-5 win over the Bos­ton Bru­ins.

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