Leather is the traditional gift for the third anniversary, but Sheldon Keef would have hoped to take a win out of his players on Monday night.
Three years after his first game on the Maple Leafs’ bench (a win over the Coyotes in Arizona), Keef hasn’t won a single one.
After controlling most of the game, the Leafs lost 3–2 to the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Arena in overtime when Anthony Beauvillier scored in 1:56 of overtime.
Beauvilliers costed goalkeeper Eric Kalgren and struck the top corner of Kalgren’s glove.
Toronto has slipped to 1-5 in overtime this season and is now 6-1-3 in its last 10 games.
“We had a good hockey game,” said Keef. “We deserve better. We played close to a perfect third period, but we made a mistake. That’s the difference.”
The Leafs may have some hard-to-digest news Tuesday regarding the status of defenseman Morgan Liery, who left in third after a clash with Isles’ Kyle Palmieri. Liery fell onto the ice and grabbed his left knee.
The Leafs, who will play the next four games away, are already without veteran defensemen TJ Brody and Jake Mazin.
“He’s going to take pictures tomorrow to get a better idea of what’s going on,” Keef said of Lily. It’s very important for the team and the back end.But we have to keep playing.
Scoring a goal in the second half, the Leafs appeared to be in a comfortable spot as the Islanders were not giving Calgren any scoring chances.
However, New York tied the game when Josh Bailey scored at 17:02 of the third. This came after Kalgren’s gaffe trying to pass the puck to his teammate from behind the net. Instead it went to Bailey, who beat Kalgren low before the goalkeeper had a full set.
“It’s just a tough bounce,” said Mitch Marner. “We were happy with our game and produced a lot. We played solid defense and didn’t give up too much. We fix what needs fixing.”
The Leafs were on a five-game losing streak in overtime after failing to take a shot at goalkeeper Ilya Sorokin in overtime.
“It’s not the ideal trend for us right now, it’s something we’re talking about and trying to focus on,” captain Jon Tavares said. We’ve had good successes…for some reason, this year hasn’t been a positive trend for us.It’s something we have to work on and continue to do to change that.”
With the assist, Marner extended his points streak to 13 games, tying a career high. In the last 30 years, Marner has been the fifth man in his career to record multiple streaks of 13 or more games in a calendar year, following Patrick Kane, Leon his Dry Saitle, Dave Andreichuk and Pierre Tarjon. Become an NHL player. Also, only six players in Leafs history have had a streak of points over 13 games. The most recent was Andreychuk, who played 16 games in 1993-94.
Tavares celebrated his 300th game with the Leafs by scoring a goal against the only other NHL club he knows.
Kalgren finished with 21 saves.
Rasmus Sandin was loved by the crowd after he fought Oliver Wallstrom in third after defeating Ouston Matthews.
“It meant a lot for Sandy to jump in there,” Matthews said. “This group is very tight.
Matthews scored his ninth goal at 14:06 of the second period to give Toronto a 2–1 lead. Matthews’ subtle redirect to Timothy Liljegren’s shot was enough to fool Sorokin and marked Liljegren’s first assist of the season.
Tavares’ goal at 4:49 came during a power play to even the Leafs. His 11th place leading the team was the result of Tavares slamming William his Nylander pass behind Sorokin. Marner drew his second assist.
Despite the Toronto pressure, the Islanders scored first, the goal off a point fired by Noah Dobson. The defenseman’s explosion left Leafs center David Kamp at 15:21 of the opening period and passed Kalgren.
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As for Nylander, for those wondering why he hasn’t seen center for long, consider what Keough said after his morning skate.
“The challenge for William is to always stay involved defensively no matter who he’s playing with,” Keough said in response to a question about Nylander playing with Matthews. Technically, whoever you play with, you play the same, you have the same ability to produce and play, but on certain nights it becomes even more important that the defensive details are there.”
Maple Leafs missed second half lead, lost to Islanders in overtime
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