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Andersen, Maple Leafs hand Oilers fourth straight loss

Makes 36 saves for 200th NHL win; Kerfoot, Engvall each has two points for Toronto

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Kerfoot sets up Mikheyev

TOR@EDM: Kerfoot feeds Mikheyev for goal

Alexander Kerfoot taps a loose puck over to Ilya Mikheyev, who scores to give the Maple Leafs a two-goal lead in the 2nd period

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EDMONTON -- Frederik Andersen made 36 saves for his 200th NHL win, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 at Rogers Place on Saturday.

Andersen reached the milestone in 344 games (200-87-41), tying him with Chris Osgood for the fourth fastest in NHL history. Only Ken Dryden (309), Braden Holtby (319) and Jacques Plante (340) earned their 200th win in fewer games.

"That means I've been on really good teams," Andersen said. "I've been lucky to be on really good teams with really good guys around me. You can't do that by yourself and you have to do your part and hope the other guys do their part as well."

 

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Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and an assist, and Pierre Engvall had two assists for Toronto (16-14-4), which has won seven straight against the Oilers.

"I think the road trip has been good (3-1-0) and we wanted to finish it off the right way," Andersen said. "The way we played in the third was really good and it was awesome to see. I didn't think we gave them too much except on the power play maybe. Overall, it was a good game."

Video: TOR@EDM: Kerfoot wires shot under crossbar

Alex Chiasson scored for Edmonton (18-13-4), which has lost a season-high four straight games (0-3-1). Mikko Koskinen made 28 saves.

"We have to find a way to stay in games 5-on-5," Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom said. "It was a tough game. I thought we did a lot of good stuff out there. It was a tight game and we have to find a way to win these kinds of games. To be a playoff team, you have to find a way to even get one point and you have to stick to your game. Our power play has been good all year, our [penalty kill] has been good all year, it's the 5-on-5 game that we've been struggling with."

Kerfoot gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 4:38 of the first period, scoring on a one-timer from low in the left circle after receiving a pass from Engvall from below the goal line.

Ilya Mikheyev made it 2-0 at 5:27 of the second period. After Engvall's initial shot was saved by the left pad of Koskinen, Kerfoot got the rebound and tapped a pass to Mikheyev at the right post.

"It's great to see those guys get rewarded," Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said. "I thought they were skating really well, they were really connected making quick plays with their speed. Their hockey sense makes them really good players and a really good line."

Chiasson scored on the power play at 6:08 of the third period to cut it to 2-1. He took a pass from Leon Draisaitl, skated down the right wing and cut to the net before scoring with a backhand while falling down after being tripped by a diving Jake Muzzin.

Frederik Gauthier gave Toronto a 3-1 lead at 13:49 when he received a centering pass from Dmytro Timashov and scored with a quick wrist shot from the slot. It was Gauthier's first goal since Oct. 7 (26 games).

"We just have to capitalize on some more chances," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "The last couple of games we have created enough what I call hard chances, we just have to find a way to capitalize on a few of them. We are getting a lot of pucks at the net, we're just not finding anything in the net. We just have to find better results in our 5-on-5 play."

Video: TOR@EDM: Gauthier chips puck over Koskinen

With Koskinen pulled for the extra skater, Mitchell Marner scored into an empty net on the power play to extend the lead to 4-1 at 18:39.

"We knew we had to do a good job against those top guys [Connor McDavid and Draisaitl] and I thought our depth would be a factor in the game today, and that's how it worked out," Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. "They [Kerfoot, Timashov, Gauthier] were great. They skated, they worked, they made plays, they attacked the net. There was a lot of really good things they were doing. They were feeling it today and it's a good sign for our team with three guys for our team that skate the way they do and work. I felt comfortable no matter who was on the ice tonight even if it was against McDavid."

Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie left in the first period with a lower-body injury after blocking a shot.

"No update other than the X-rays coming back negative," Keefe said. "But he just didn't feel comfortable enough to come back. We'll see how he is when we get home."

 

They said it

"I think we did a pretty good job. They got a couple of transition opportunities, but for the most part, we were able to stay above their top line and that's when they're so dangerous. Throughout the game they are going to get their chances, but I thought we did a pretty good job limiting them." -- Maple Leafs forward Alexander Kerfoot

"Losing four in a row is not good enough. We've got to find a way to put some wins together here and it starts on the road. I think it's a good opportunity for our group to go against two real good teams (Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues) and see where we're at." --Oilers captain Connor McDavid

 

Need to know

Marner has seven points (two goals, five assists) in a four-game point streak. … Edmonton hasn't defeated Toronto since a 5-2 win on Feb. 11, 2016, when the Oilers were still playing at Rexall Place. Edmonton has yet to defeat Toronto since moving into Rogers Place at the start of the 2016-2017 season. … McDavid did not have a point for the fourth time in his past nine games.

 

What's next

Maple Leafs: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, TSN4, NHL.TV)

Oilers: At the Dallas Stars on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; SNE, FS-SW+, SNW, NHL.TV)

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