Goalie supplanted by Hutchinson at beginning of second; Pysyk gets First NHL cap stunt for Florida
The Toronto Maple Leafs lost goalie Frederik Andersen due to a chest area damage in the main time frame before the Florida Panthers revitalized with three objectives in the range of 7:53 in the third for a 5-3 win at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.
Andersen was run into by Frank Vatrano after the Panthers forward was pushed by Jake Muzzin on a 2-on-1 with 1:36 staying in the main time frame. Andersen, who permitted one objective on eight shots, was delayed to find a good pace ready to complete the period before being supplanted toward the beginning of the second by Michael Hutchinson.
“He’s feeling better from what I’m told, but we’re just going to have to give him the night and see how he is in the morning,” said Maple Leafs mentor Sheldon Keefe, who affirmed Andersen experienced blackout convention and breezed through the assessments.
Imprint Pysyk got his first NHL cap stunt, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 puts something aside for the Panthers (29-17-5), who have won seven of their previous eight games, scoring in any event four objectives in every triumph.
“We didn’t play up to where we should have in the first two periods,” Pysyk said. “We got a little energy going after the second. We didn’t do much that period, so we wanted to come out firing. After giving up that first one (early in the third), we could have rolled over and died but everybody on the bench knew just to dig in and we bounced back and took it to them. It’s a huge win. It was a big game, we knew that coming in.”
John Tavares, William Nylander and Auston Matthews scored, and Hutchinson made 10 puts something aside for the Maple Leafs (28-18-7), who had won three of every a line.
“It’s obviously disappointing. It’s not going to be a good feeling leaving the rink especially overall the way we played,” Tavares said. “We got sloppy early in the third and didn’t do a good enough job exiting the zone clean and gave up a lot of opportunities.”
After Matthews scored 38 seconds into the third time frame to make it 3-1, Pysyk scored on a bounce back at the highest point of the objective wrinkle to slice it to 3-2 at 2:20.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored a strategic maneuver objective 58 seconds after the fact to tie it 3-3, and Mike Hoffman gave Florida a 4-3 lead at 10:13 when he gathered the bounce back of Aaron Ekblad’s underlying shot off the end sheets and lost a strike Cody Ceci past Hutchinson five-gap.
“We didn’t panic. That’s our team, that’s how we win games,” Huberdeau said. “We came back 3-2, 3-3 and then after that we had the momentum and we knew it and we took advantage of it.”
Pysyk finished the cap stunt by scoring into an unfilled net with 48 seconds staying to stretch out the lead to 5-3.
“I got lucky at the end there, breakaway, open net,” Pysyk said. “I thought I was going to miss it. I was a little nervous.”
Said Tavares, “We came out really well, got a big goal and for whatever reason, we didn’t have good response, good momentum after that. It led to some opportunities and they started getting some belief and momentum and we weren’t able to do a good enough job the rest of the period.”
Pysyk put Florida ahead 1-0 at 11:30 of the main time frame after Mike Matheson skated down the conservative and sent him a strike go for a one-clock.
Tavares tied it 1-1 at 3:21 of the second time frame when he diverted Mitchell Marner’s go in the opening on the strategic maneuver.
Nylander gave Toronto a 2-1 lead at 19:05 when he diverted a go from Kasperi Kapanen in the space two seconds after a strategic maneuver had terminated.
They said it
“Mark really did do a lot of good things tonight, timely goals as well. He’s just doing a lot of good things and he’s given us some diversification where we can use him up front at forward, we can use him on defense, he can play on the penalty kill, and he’s playing important shifts where we can use him to match up against someone. We don’t count on his production, but to get three big goals like that tonight, you can’t say enough good things about him.”– Panthers coach Joel Quenneville on Mark Pysyk
“I thought we played a really good game. If we play that type of game 100 times, I think we win it 99 of those times, something in that neighborhood. The result [stinks], but I don’t think it’s indicative of how the game went. That’s the best defensive game we’ve played all season. I don’t think we gave up more than four scoring chances at even strength the whole game.”– Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe
Need to know
Florida set its precedent with its fourth multigoal, third-period rebound this season. … Nylander has 10 focuses (six objectives, four aids) an eight-game point streak.
What’s After this
Pumas: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-F)
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