Wings spoil Ny­lan­der’s party

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - JOSHUA CLIPPERTON

TORONTO Maple Leafs head Mike Bab­cock ex­pected Wil­liam Ny­lan­der to be “the fresh­est guy in hockey” on Thurs­day night.

That was prob­a­bly ask­ing too much of a player mak­ing his sea­son de­but with ex­actly zero prac­tice time since end­ing a pro­longed con­tract im­passe with Toronto just last week­end.

The rest of Bab­cock’s team, which even­tu­ally showed signs life af­ter a lack­lus­tre open­ing 40 min­utes, didn’t re­ally have an ex­cuse.

Dy­lan Larkin scored at 2:48 of over­time as the De­troit Red Wings sur­vived a blown three­goal lead in the third pe­riod to down the Leafs 5-4 and snap Toronto’s five-game win­ning streak.

“They were just bet­ter than us,” Bab­cock said. “They played harder.”

Ny­lan­der agreed to a sixyear, US$45mil­lion deal min­utes be­fore Satur­day’s dead­line for the re­stricted free agent to be el­i­gi­ble to play in the NHL this sea­son.

Ny­lan­der started on a line with Aus­ton Matthews and Pa­trick Mar­leau be­fore sit­ting the game’s fi­nal 14:35.

Af­ter the Leafs stormed back with three goals in un­der nine min­utes in the third to tie the game, Larkin moved in on a break­away in the ex­tra pe­riod off a pass over the top from Gus­tav Nyquist, who fin­ished with a goal and two as­sists, and beat Gar­ret Sparks on a deke.

FLAMES 2, WILD 0

CAL­GARY — Mike Smith posted a 31-save shutout for the Cal­gary Flames in a win over the vis­it­ing Min­nesota Wild.

Elias Lind­holm scored twice for his 14th goal and 15th goals of the sea­son.

CAP­I­TALS 4, COY­OTES 2

GLEN­DALE, Ariz. — An­dre Bu­rakovsky scored late in the third pe­riod, Pheonix Co­p­ley stopped 27 shots and the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals beat the Ari­zona Coy­otes.

CANA­DI­ENS 5, SEN­A­TORS 2

OT­TAWA — Paul By­ron scored twice as the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens de­feated the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors.

Both Matt Duchene (lower­body) and Bobby Ryan (up­per­body) left the game with in­juries for Ot­tawa and didn’t re­turn.

LIGHT­NING 3, BRU­INS 2

TAMPA, Fla. — Mathieu Joseph and An­thony Cirelli scored early in the third pe­riod and the Tampa Bay Light­ning won their fifth con­sec­u­tive game by beat­ing the Bos­ton Bru­ins.

AVALANCHE 5, PAN­THERS 2

SUN­RISE, Fla. — Carl Soder­berg scored twice, J.T. Com­pher broke a third-pe­riod tie and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Florida Pan­thers.

2 BLUE JACK­ETS 4, FLY­ERS 3

PHILADEL­PHIA — Seth Jones scored his sec­ond goal of the game 10 sec­onds into over­time to lift the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets over the Philadel­phia Fly­ers.

PEN­GUINS 6, IS­LAN­DERS

PITTS­BURGH — Kris Le­tang and Phil Kes­sel each scored twice, and the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins beat the New York Is­lan­ders.

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS/NATHAN DENETTE

Toronto Maple Leafs Wil­liam Ny­lan­der (29) oulls away from De­troit Red Wings de­fence­man Nik­las Kron­wall (55) dur­ing sec­ond pe­riod NHL ac­tion in Toronto.

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