It was a nail bitter, but the Toronto Maple Leafs got a much needed two point win to stop their four game losing skid. Facing the NHL Draft bound Edmonton Oilers, this game was a must win game the Maple Leafs to stop their four game slide. As the blue and white head out to Vancouver to face the Canucks on Saturday.
The Maple Leafs started off on a great note with scoring two goals in the first 1:38 into the first, from Joffrey Lupul (23) and Matthew Lombardi (7). Although by the end of the 2nd period it was 2-2. Jake Gardiner had something to say about that when he scored on a power play goal 6:46 into the third period. But the Oilers got the tying goal later in the game.
The man with the flu was Toronto`s hero last night. Tim Connolly who has been battling the flu bug, scored on a tip in 1:39 into the extra frame.
The Edmonton goal scorers were Ben Eager (7), Taylor Hall (20) and Jordan Eberle (25).
In the end James Reimer was the better goalie, facing 29 of 32 Edmonton shots for his 11 win of the season. While Nikolai Khabibulin fell short of the win stopping 22 of 26 shots on goal.
“That was a huge win for us,” Gardiner said. “You don’t lose four games in a row all that often and when you do it’s not a great feeling. That fifth game means a lot and I’m happy we got it.”
This win for this Maple Leafs resulted in stopping Edmonton`s four game home win streak.
VIDEO: Mike Brown and Ben Eager got into an intense fight during the the 1st period.
Source – http://www.thespec.com/sports/hockey/article/672521–maple-leafs-snap-4-game-slide-with-4-3-ot-win-over-oilers
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