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Sports Nichushkin scores short-handed winner after Toronto gaffe as Avalanche top Leafs

05:06  05 december  2019
05:06  05 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Barrie, Engvall lead Maple Leafs to 3-1 win over Coyotes

  Barrie, Engvall lead Maple Leafs to 3-1 win over Coyotes GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tyson Barrie scored his first goal of the season and Pierre Engvall got the first of his career to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Auston Matthews also scored early in the third and Frederik Anderson stopped 30 shots to help the Maple Leafs snap a six-game losing streak (0-5-1) and win in Sheldon Keefe’s coaching debut. Auston Matthews also scored early in the third and Frederik Anderson stopped 30 shots to help the Maple Leafs snap a six-game losing streak (0-5-1) and win in Sheldon Keefe’s coaching debut. Keefe took over for the fired Mike Babcock on Wednesday.

Valeri Nichushkin scores a shorthanded goal against Toronto Maple Leafs to make it 2-1. Avalanche TV. COL@TOR: Nichushkin scores SHG in 3rd period. Dec 4, 2019 • 00:48. COL@TOR: MacKinnon rips PPG into the top shelf.

Avalanche TV. COL@TOR: Kadri honored in first game back in Toronto . Dec 4, 2019 • 02:05. COL@TOR: Nichushkin scores SHG in 3rd period. COL@TOR: MacKinnon rips PPG into the top shelf. Jared Bednar before playing the Toronto Maple Leafs .

TORONTO — Valeri Nichushkin scored a short-handed goal in the third period as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Wednesday.

Nathan MacKinnon, with a goal and an assist, and Joonas Donskoi, into an empty net, also scored for Colorado (17-8-2). Philipp Grubauer stopped 38 shots the Avalanche, who played for the first time since Saturday.

Zach Hyman replied Toronto (13-13-4). Frederik Andersen, who started both ends of a back-to-back for the first time since January 2017, made 28 saves. The Leafs also had Mitch Marner back in the lineup after the winger missed 11 games with a high ankle sprain suffered Nov. 9.

Barrie leads Maple Leafs past Avalanche 5-3

  Barrie leads Maple Leafs past Avalanche 5-3 DENVER — A quick goal by Colorado got Tyson Barrie's homecoming off to a rough start, but Toronto's dominating stretch helped him celebrate in his return to Denver. Barrie had a goal and an assist during a four-goal burst in the first period, leading the Maple Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Avalanche on Saturday night. Auston Matthews also had a goal and an assist as Toronto earned its second straight win since Sheldon Keefe took over after Mike Babcock was fired Wednesday. Keefe coached the Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win at Arizona on Thursday night and had to survive a frenetic ending to earn another victory.

Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs . Scotiabank Arena | Toronto , Ontario. Valeri Nichushkin , Nathan MacKinnon and Andre Burakovsky all scored for the Avs, and goaltenders Philipp He is one of only 11 players in the league with two short - handed goals this season and has taken 49 shots.

Valeri Nichushkin steals the puck, races in on a breakaway and fires a shot by Frederik Andersen for a shorthanded goal in the 3rd period. Avalanche vs. Maple Leafs . COL@TOR: Nichushkin steals the puck, pots SHG. Dec 4, 2019 • 00:48. COL@TOR: Kadri honored in first game back in Toronto .

After killing off Jake Muzzin's four-minute penalty for high-sticking early in the third, thanks in large part to a big stop by Andersen on Donskoi, the Leafs' first man advantage turned into a disaster.

Jason Spezza's stick exploded on a shot and as the Toronto centre tried to keep the puck in with his feet at the blue line, he got caught up with Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly.

That allowed Nichushkin to move in all alone and bury his third goal of the season upstairs at 6:40.

Toronto pushed as the period wore on and pressed late, but couldn't get anything past Grubauer with Andersen on the bench before Donskoi iced it into an empty net with 79 seconds left in regulation.

The Leafs were coming off Tuesday's embarrassing 6-1 road loss to the Philadelphia Flyers — a performance where Toronto was in the game in the third period only to fall apart in the dying minutes.

Three takeaways from Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-3 win over Colorado Avalanche

  Three takeaways from Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-3 win over Colorado Avalanche Tyson Barrie got a goal and assist in a 5-3 victory over his former team on Saturday.It was the first time this season that these two clubs have met, and also marked the first time that defenseman Tyson Barrie and center Nazem Kadri would get the opportunity to face their former clubs. Both players were able to contribute to their respective offenses, but Toronto's forecheck was better as the Leafs again managed to score at least four goals.

Top 200 Rankings. Top 100 Forwards. Top 50 Defensemen. DALLAS - Valeri Nichushkin scored two goals to lead the Dallas Stars to a 7-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. After Nichushkin 's first goal, Toronto coach Randy Carlyle replaced Jonathan Bernier with James Reimer

Nathan MacKinnon gets the puck, waits and fires a wrist shot into the top corner, giving the Avalanche a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal. COL@TOR: Nichushkin steals the puck, pots SHG. Jared Bednar before playing the Toronto Maple Leafs . Jared Bednar gives Avalanche updates after practice.

Star centre Auston Matthews said the team "quit" with the game out of hand, leaving Andersen hung out to dry on two late goals 12 seconds apart in the final minute.

Rookie head coach Sheldon Keefe — in just his sixth game at the helm — addressed the team immediately after the final buzzer in Philadelphia, an abnormality for an NHL bench boss, especially in the wake of an emotional defeat.

Andersen then told his coach he wanted the net against Colorado even though backup Michael Hutchinson was originally scheduled to get the call.

Meanwhile, Tuesday marked the return to Scotiabank Arena of Avalanche centre Nazem Kadri, who was traded by Toronto to Colorado on July 1 in the deal that saw defenceman Tyson Barrie and forward Alexander Kerfoot go the other way.

The seventh pick in the 2009 NHL draft, Kadri registered 161 goals and 357 points in 561 games with the Leafs. He added 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 19 playoff games, but was suspended for eight of the team's 14 post-season outings the last two springs against the Boston Bruins, losing his cool in crucial moments and costing Toronto dearly in the process.

Leafs' Kerfoot suspended 2 games for boarding Avs' Johnson

  Leafs' Kerfoot suspended 2 games for boarding Avs' Johnson Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alex Kerfoot has been handed a two-game ban for his hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Monday. The incident occurred in the second period of Saturday's contest. Johnson remained in the game and Kerfoot was handed a two-minute minor for boarding. Kerfoot pushes Johnson from behind and he goes headfirst into the boards. pic.twitter.com/IhpdFlCt1D — LeafsThe incident occurred in the second period of Saturday's contest. Johnson remained in the game and Kerfoot was handed a two-minute minor for boarding.

Avalanche ’s Valeri Nichushkin says his The Avalanche controlled play early, with Sven Andrighetto hitting the post 65 seconds in Avalanche center Nazem Kadri -- acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1 -- wasn't surprised to learn that the Leafs fired coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday.

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MacKinnon opened the scoring at 10:52 of the second period on the first power play of the night. After the Avalanche gained the zone, Mikko Rantanen snapped a cross-ice pass to MacKinnon, who had all day to pick the top corner on Andersen from the faceoff dot for his 18th.

Now alone in fourth in NHL scoring with 44 points, the Colorado centre has goals in five straight games.

Toronto responded just 1:50 later when Kerfoot fed a no-look pass in front for Hyman to redirect past Grubauer for his third.

Andersen had the fans at Scotiabank Arena chanting his name earlier in the period following consecutive pad saves on Nichushkin.

Rookie scoring leader Cale Makar came close to getting on the board off the rush in the first, but Andersen was there to deny the slick defenceman before Matthews had a good chance from a tight angle moments later.

Keefe, who came in 4-2-0 in his six games behind the bench since replacing Mike Babcock on Nov. 20, added a wrinkle later in the period when he rolled out Matthews, Marner and William Nylander on the same line for two straight shifts at 5 on 5.

Notes: Rielly played the 500th game of his career. ... Toronto winger Andreas Johnsson left the game with a leg injury after blocking a shot in the second. ... The Leafs open a four-game road trip Saturday in St. Louis before heading to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. ... The Avalanche visit Montreal on Thursday and Boston on Saturday. Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said captain Gabriel Landeskog, who's been out since Oct. 26 with a lower-body injury, could return against the Canadiens. ... The Leafs lost centre Nick Shore to Winnipeg on waivers, while forward Nic Petan and defenceman Martin Marincin were loaned to the AHL's Toronto Marlies — all moves to make room for Marner's return off injured reserve.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2019.

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Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

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