William Nylander starts and finishes shootout win in Vegas – [Update News]

We’re seeing a bit of a concerning pattern, wouldn’t you say?

The Leafs made a strong start to the second game in succession, before taking the brakes and losing the lead.

This time, however, a shootout was needed to decide a winner and the points ultimately fell in Toronto’s favour in a 4-3 victory. This is an unacceptable trend and must be stopped.

As I wrote at the end of last game: The results may be holding up in the standings, but the Leafs need to return to a style of play that doesn’t rely on Jack Campbell to steal two periods.

First Star 

William Nylander 

Tonight’s game started and finished with Nylander goals. Robin Lehner may not remember this night as Nylander defeated him twice, the latter winning the shootout.

It may seem as if Nylander has been cherry-picking a bit, but he’s displayed a quick first step and recognition for an open lane — so much so that Brayden McNabb couldn’t handle his speed as he broke in for his 16th goal of the season.

Nylander made sure that the shootout did not go into overtime. He was the Leafs’ only scorer and won a victory.

Aside from the goal scoring, I liked Nylander’s relentlessness on plays in the offensive zone.