Video: NYR@TOR: Brown buries fortuitous deflection in front
1. Brown puts Leafs ahead first, Andersen keeps them that way. The Leafs were riding a two-game win streak heading into Thursday's action, and despite being outshot 14-9 by the Rangers through the first 20 minutes of action, Toronto took a one-goal lead into the intermission. They had two people to thank for that: first, winger Connor Brown, who netted his 15th goal of the year at 10:56 of the frame; and secondly, goaltender Frederik Andersen, who was outstanding in keeping the Blueshirts off the scoreboard.
Andersen made several terrific stops in the first, but the one that caused the ACC crowd to erupt in applause came after Brown's goal and with the Leafs on a power play: two Rangers broke in on a shorthanded 2-on-1, and Andersen jutted out his left pad to stop winger and former Leaf Michael Grabner from putting the puck in what was, for a brief second, an open net. It was one of Andersen's best saves in a Toronto uniform, and it signalled that the veteran was as sharp and focused as he's been since the Buds acquired him from Anaheim in the summer.