Toronto Maple Leafs vs MInnesota Wild Game Report Dec 1st, 2018

By: Nabeela Damji

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The wait is finally over! William Nylander is here to stay.  Everyone exhale. Now move on…

The Leafs started off the month of jolliness with a 5-3 against the Wild Saturday night.

Zach Hyman scored twice and Nazem Kadri broke a tie with 3:20 left in the game to seal the Leafs fourth win in a row, and hand the Wild their third straight defeat.

Auston Matthews scored a power play goal in the first to give the Leafs a 1-0 lead.  This was his team high sixth power play goal of the season, and his third in two games since returning from injury.

Tyler Ennis scored Toronto’s’ second goal of the night, after Nick Seeler had a puck deflect off him and into is own goal. Yikes, but have no fear, it didn’t end for Seeler there.

Jason Zucker tried to tie the game early in the third, but missed a wide open net.  He got another chance, and this time made good at 9:38 of the third with a pass from Mikael Granlund to tie it up at 3.

Back to Seeler…

He was there as a puck bounced off him and into the hands of Kadri, who scored the fourth goal for the Leafs on the night to break a tie and take a 4-3 lead. 

Eric Staal and Jordan Greenway also scored for the Wild.

Zach Hyman scored his second goal of the night in the final minute of play to make it 5-3 for the Leafs. Frederik Andersen made 38 saves on the night for his 15th victory of the season.  The Leafs, who are 19-8-0 are one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the NHL lead.