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Andersen lifts Maple Leafs past Golden Knights

Makes 36 saves; Haula leaves game on stretcher in third

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Frederik Andersen made 36 saves for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-1 win against the Vegas Golden Knights at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.

"I personally feel good," Andersen said. "We're keeping a little bit more to the outside, which is helping me out, seeing the puck better and clearing the shooting lanes. It's not so many times I have to fight through traffic and, obviously, that makes my job easier."

 

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Cody Eakin scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves for Vegas (6-8-1), which is 2-4-1 in its past seven games.

"We played good. We had the puck a lot and controlled the play a lot," Fleury said. "A lot of games, I feel like we're so close in the game, but we can't seem to get the win to get the two points. It's frustrating but we have to keep working. It's going to come."

Video: VGK@TOR: Marner scores nine seconds into the 2nd

Connor Brown, Mitchell Marner and Nazem Kadri scored for Toronto (10-5-0), which has won two in a row.

"I thought we started real good the first 10 minutes, and then I thought we got (to) fooling around with the puck and they showed us how fast they were," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought they really dominated the second period. We were lucky to get out of the second. I didn't mind our third."

Brown gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 5:30 of the first period after he stole the puck in the slot from Nick Holden and beat Fleury glove side. Toronto had failed to score before the third period in its five previous home games.

"Yeah, you know odds are you're going to win the game if you get out to a lead, so it's important to have a good start and I thought we had a good start," Brown said. "It kind of fell off from the way we wanted to play, but it was nice to stick with it."

Video: VGK@TOR: Eakin redirects one home in front

Marner scored nine seconds into the second period to extend the lead to 2-0, receiving a pass from John Tavares and shooting past Fleury's blocker from the high slot.

Eakin cut it to 2-1 at 11:22 on a redirection off a point shot from Shea Theodore. The goal ended Andersen's shutout streak at 103:55.

Vegas outshot Toronto 16-8 in the second period.

"I think we stopped playing," Marner said. "We didn't forecheck. We didn't get on the forecheck at all. We didn't help out our defense. We weren't slowing people down at all. They're a fast team and I think when we do that it makes it hard on our defense. Obviously, everyone sees every night, Freddie Andersen has been unbelievable for us every single game here and he's the reason we stole one tonight."

Kadri made it 3-1 when he scored into an empty net at 19:25 of the third period.

Golden Knights forward Erik Haula was taken from the ice on a stretcher after being injured at 5:01 of the third period. He appeared to sustain a leg injury when he was hit by Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau along the side boards. 

Video: VGK@TOR: Kadri pots empty-net goal

 

They said it

"I feel like we're definitely playing more of our style. I thought we had them hemmed in for a while. It was definitely our style of game, so I think we just have to stick to it." -- Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore

 

"It seems like he's got no pressure on him. He just goes out there and has fun with it. He's a pretty quiet guy, but this year he's opened up a lot. He jokes around a lot. He's fun to be around. I think when he gets to the rink he's a very serious guy. He really focuses and gets ready for the games. He's a pro. He knows how to get it done right. He's been unbelievable for the last [three] years for us here." -- Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner on Frederik Andersen

 

Need to know

Andersen made his eighth consecutive start. In that stretch, he is 4-4-0 with a .947 save percentage and one shutout. … Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland was a late scratch for personal reasons and returned home. ... Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty had two shots in 19:02 of ice time after missing the past four games with an upper-body injury. … Marner has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past seven games. 

Video: VGK@TOR: Andersen denies Haula with pad stop

 

What's next

Golden Knights: At the Ottawa Senators on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Maple Leafs: Host the New Jersey Devils on Friday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS TSN4, MSG+, NHL.TV)

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