Golden Knights fall in golden goal fashion to Maple Leafs
John Tavares scored at 2:33 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.
Playing his second game after missing seven with a broken finger, Tavares took a pass from Mitch Marner on a 2-on-1 and scored his fourth goal of the season, beating goalie Malcolm Subban with a high shot.
Auston Matthews also scored and Frederik Andersen made 37 saves to help Toronto win its third straight game.
Max Pacioretty scored for Vegas. Subban made 35 saves in his first NHL start in his hometown.
Pacioretty opened the scoring at 4:08 of the third period on a gift from Toronto defenseman Cody Ceci. Nick Holden's point shot rattled around the slot and fell to Ceci, who tried to clear the puck, but instead swept it right to Pacioretty.
Toronto's power play was 0 for 5 and on an ugly 2-for-32 stretch, but got its sixth opportunity of the night a few minutes later and finally made it count when Matthews wheeled off the boards and fired his 13th over Subban's shoulder and off the crossbar at 8:14.
NOTES: Toronto's Mike Babcock became the eighth coach in NHL history to reach 700 victories. ... Vegas' Jonathan Marchessault played his 300th regular-season game.
Golden Knights: At Washington on Saturday night.
Maple Leafs: Host Philadelphia on Saturday night.
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