William Nylander scored in the regulation period and won the shootout win as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Auston Matthews, Ilya Mikheyev scored in regulation. Toronto’s record is now 5-0-1 after a six-game streak of points and is now 21-4-2 since the start of the season. Jack Campbell was able to save 31 times.
Alex Pietrangelo, William Karlsson and Keegan Kolear scored for the Golden Knights. Robin Lehner stopped 15 shots for Vegas, which has now lost four of its last five games — all at home.
After two periods of trailing 3-1, Vegas regained the game due to extra work from Reilly Smith’s behind-the-net forechecking. Karlsson helped clean up a loose puck that had squirted in front of Campbell. He then hit the backhand at 1:14 of the third.
Pietrangelo won it in a 5-on-3 late match with only 8:12 left in regulation. This thrilled the 17,911-strong crowd.
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The Maple Leafs wasted no time in getting on the board, as Morgan Reilly’s pass down the centre of the ice freed Nylander, who skated in and used a wicked deke on Lehner before firing the puck into the net for his 16th of the season to give Toronto a 1-0 lead 1:24 into the game.
Kolesar’s first ever power-play point in his career came when he hit the rebound off the post from the doorstep. This tied the game with seven minutes remaining.
Toronto took the lead midway through second period. Ondrej Kae collected the puck from Michael Bunting and fed him to Matthews. Matthews then found Matthews at the net for an easy tuck away, his 23rd of the season with 8:17 remaining.
With 3:14 remaining in the second period, the Maple Leafs extended their lead to 2 goals when Wayne Simmonds shot bounced off of the end boards and straight to Mikheyev to rebound redirect.