Toronto Maple Leafs vs Dallas Stars Game Report Nov 1, 2018

By: Nabeela Damji

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Ah, a new month, and a fresh new start.  At least, that’s what the Leafs were hoping for.

Spoiler alert: They didn’t get it.

Coming off a loss to the Calgary Flames, and starting a stretch of a month without  Auston Mathews, Dallas backup goaltender Anton Khudobin  took advantage of all the Leafs boo boo's and made 30 saves as the Stars left Toronto with a 2-1 win.

Jamie Benn and Devin Shore scored for the Stars, who picked up their second consecutive road victory after losing three straight to open the season. Tyler Seguin had two assists on the night.

In the second period, with Dallas coming off the power play, Benn deflected a shot that was assisted by Benn to end up behind Anderson to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. With the assist, Seguin now has 13 points in his last six games against the Leafs. Shore and the Stars then capitalized off the Leafs bad defensive zone coverage, taking a feed from Mattias Janmark to take a 2-0 lead.

Patrick Marleau came into this game having the worst xGF% of any regular top-nine forward with 47.9. And after having one goal hit the post, he made sure the next one would count. 

Down 2-0 and with less than three minutes left in the game, Marleau and Co came for the Dallas Stars.  Off a Tavares faceoff win, and on the power play Hyman making his PP debut deflected the puck to Marleau who tucked it through the legs of Khudobin to cut the lead to 1.  Perhaps their best chance to equalize was on the power play, but Khudobin stopped Andreas Johnsson on the best chance from the slot. Tavares and Marner looked solid all night, and the Leafs had their chances with 32 shots on goal compared to the Stars’ 19, but they just couldn’t capitalize.  This was also the fifth consecutive home game for the Leafs where they had been shut out in the first two periods- something that has never happened in Leafs history.   

 Speaking of history, and the right side of history, Toronto defenceman Ron Hainsey, played in the1,000th game of the career. The 37-year-old was joined by hus family at centre ice for a ceremony before the opening faceoff. 

In the dying minutes of the third, the Leafs, with the extra attacker, tried desperately to tie the game, but it wasn’t enough.

Frederik Andersen made 16 saves for the Leafs, who are now 3-5-0 at home this season, and have lost four of their last six.

Paging William Nylander…