November 28, 2022

TORONTO (AP) — Reilly Smith scored his second goal of the game 23 seconds into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Tuesday night for their eighth straight win.

Jack Eichel and Nicolas Roy also scored for Vegas, which has won 12 of 14 this season. William Karlsson had two assists and Logan Thompson stopped 28 shots.

Timothy Liljegren scored two goals and Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist for Toronto, and Erik Kallgren made 16 saves. The Maple Leafs snapped a three-game winning streak.

In the extra period, Smith took a breakaway pass from Shea Theodore and covered a backhand on Kallgren for his seventh of the season.

Vegas completed a two-game season series sweep, also beating Toronto 3-1 at home on October 24.

The Maple Leafs trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes, and Kallgren kept them within a goal in the second period with breakaway saves on Keegan Kolesar, William Carrier and Smith. Marner then tied the game with a great individual effort to get his third of the season with 6:10 left in the period. He extended his point streak to seven games.

Toronto took their first lead with just over three minutes left as Marner sent a smooth, no-look ass to Liljegren, and the defender earned his second of the night – and second of the season.

Marner sent the puck out of play for a late game penalty early in the third period, but Kallgren bailed out his teammate with a big save on Chandler Stephenson.

Toronto got its own power play midway through the period, but Smith scored its sixth on a 2-on-1 shorthanded run with 8:17 to go to tie.

Vegas opened the scoring 45 seconds into the game after Leafs defenseman Rasmus Sandin returned the puck to the offensive blue line. Carrier had his breakaway stopped by Kallgren, but the puck passed and Roy, who was charging hard, was there to lay it down for his fourth.

The Leafs responded at 5:05 when Liljegren received a pass from David Kampf to score his first goal.

However, after Liljegren’s gift, Eichel scored his sixth to put the Golden Knights back with 2:05 left in the first period.

MURRAY CLOSES

Kallgren was pushed into action with Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov struggling with injuries. Murray is scheduled for Wednesday’s practice, the goaltender’s first on-ice session with the main group since sustaining a groin/abductor injury Oct. 15.

Samsonov carried most of the load with Murray out, but suffered a knee injury in Saturday’s win over Boston. Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said Tuesday it was considered weekly.

NEXT

Golden Knights: At Buffalo on Thursday night in the final of a five-game trip.

Maple Leafs: Host Pittsburgh Friday night in the second of a three-game home game.

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