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Matthews scores in OT, gives Maple Leafs third straight win

Center caps three-goal rally to hand Blackhawks first loss of season

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent

TORONTO -- Auston Matthews scored at 3:43 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs their third straight win, 4-3 against the Chicago Blackhawks at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

The Maple Leafs (3-0-0) scored twice in the third period to tie it after trailing 3-1.

"As the game went on, we got better and better," Matthews said. "That's the way we want to play. We were up against a pretty good hockey team, they're a team that knows how to win. When you get into these tight games, it's definitely a matter of inches so it's definitely a big win for us as far as confidence goes and we just want to keep this momentum going."


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Connor Brown made it 3-2 with 7:00 left, scoring his first goal of the season on a wrist shot from the high slot. 

James van Riemsdyk deflected a shot by Tyler Bozak past Anton Forsberg with 4:18 left to tie it 3-3.

"I thought we had some good chances, they're definitely a good team where there always seems to be somebody around you getting a stick on it or a guy in the lane you have to shoot around," van Riesmdyk said. "They make you earn your chances and when you get them you really have to bear down."

Richard Panik put Chicago (2-0-1) ahead 3-1 at 7:52 of the third when he scored a power-play goal, putting in a rebound off the end-boards from Gustav Forsling's point shot.

"We had the lead and they're playing catching up and they're pressing and they have some skill," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "They were forcing some plays and they got a lot of loose pucks, we didn't make them turn in the second period and that's where they started getting momentum. They've got some guys with speed off the rush. Their rush game is something you have to give them credit for, it was quick for us." 

Video: CHI@TOR: Bozak banks game-tying PPG off van Riemsdyk

The Blackhawks scored twice in the first period. Jan Rutta made it 1-0 at 3:46 when his centering pass deflected off Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner at the top of the goal crease. Jonathan Toews put a scored 4:11 later to make it 2-0. 

Nikita Zaitsev made it 2-1 at 10:20 of the second period when he caught Patrick Kane standing still at the blueline and pinched into the slot, taking a cross-ice pass from Brown and putting a wrist shot past Forsberg's blocker.

Andersen allowed three goals on 21 shots.

Forsberg made 39 saves in his Chicago debut.

Video: CHI@TOR: Brown sets up Zaitsev for five-hole snipe


Goal of the game

Matthews skated in on the left wing and put a wrist shot over Forsberg's glove for his second goal of the season.

Video: CHI@TOR: Matthews snipes top-shelf OT game-winner


Save of the game

Matthews held onto the puck on a 2-on-1 with William Nylander and dragged it around Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny before taking a wrist shot that Forsberg stopped with his blocker to keep the score 2-0 at 15:30 of the second period.

Video: CHI@TOR: Forsberg stretches out to rob Nylander


Highlight of the game

Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner had his pass slowed up behind the net by Andersen's stick. Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad put the puck in front where Panik was stopped by Andersen. Toews flipped the rebound into the net over Andersen's glove. 

Video: CHI@TOR: Toews scores on rebound to extend lead


They said it

"They're good, they're really good. We gave up a ton of chances tonight, uncharacteristic of us but they've got some amazing players. They're dangerous, give them credit." -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on the Maple Leafs 


"Probably the biggest reason why we got a point out of it." -- Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on Anton Forsberg's performance


"Absolutely, I feel like that's a big part of my game and I feel like I can do that. When you get the ball rolling, it's nice." -- Maple Leafs forward Connor Brown on contributing on offense 


Need to know

Matthews overtime goal was the second of his NHL career. His previous overtime goal came on Jan 1, 2017, a 5-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings in the Centennial Classic. Maple Leafs defenseman Calle Rosen had his first NHL point by assisting on Zaitsev's goal. 


What's next

Blackhawks: At the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2, RDS, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

Maple Leafs: Host the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN, MSG, NHL.TV)


Video: Matthews, Leafs battle back to beat Hawks in OT, 4-3

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