Tanner Pearson and Brandon Sutter every scored twice Tuesday, powering the Canucks to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
John Tavares had two targets for the Leafs (28-13-5), who dropped their fifth sport in a row however stay atop the North Division. Adam Brooks additionally scored for Toronto and William Nylander had two assists.
Goalie Braden Holtby delivered one other dominant efficiency for the Canucks with 37 saves in Vancouver’s second sport again from an enormous COVID-19 outbreak.
David Rittich struggled in internet for the Leafs, stopping 23-of-28 pictures.
It was the Canucks’ second-straight win over the Leafs, giving Vancouver a 4-3 edge within the season sequence with two video games left to play.
Toronto had a superb alternative to claw again a purpose with lower than two minutes to go when Vancouver defenceman Tyler Myers was referred to as for slashing. The Leafs pulled Rittich for an additional attacker however could not capitalize.
As an alternative, Sutter buried the empty-net strike with 36 seconds left on the clock.
A sloppy play within the impartial zone price the Leafs late within the sport.
Pearson capitalized on a turnover on the pink line and bolted into Toronto’s finish alone, firing a wrist shot previous Rittich for his second purpose of the night time with simply over seven minutes left to play.
The 28-year-old left-winger had a power-play purpose 9:48 into the third that proved to be the distinction maker in Tuesday’s sport.
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Rittich made a giant pad cease on J.T. Miller and Pearson, stationed on the high of the crease, batted within the rebound to place Vancouver up 4-3.
Hoglander evened the rating simply over three minutes earlier, streaking into the Leafs zone and rifling a shot previous the Toronto netminder from the highest of the appropriate face-off circle.
It was the Swedish rookie’s ninth purpose of the season.
The Leafs briefly took a 3-2 lead with a short-handed purpose 3:10 into the third.
Holtby got here nicely out of his internet to cease a shot however could not freeze the puck. Mitch Marner collected the rebound and handed it to Brooks within the slot. Boeser tried his finest to fill in for the Canucks internet minder however Brooks’ shot sailed over his leg and in.
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Toronto knotted the rating with a power-player marker 17:14 into the second after Vancouver defenceman Jalen Chatfield was referred to as for holding.
Tavares used a Nylander display to whip a shot into the highest left nook of the online for his second purpose of the night time and sixteenth of the season.
Each Toronto and Vancouver have been 1 for two on the facility play.
The Canucks went up 2-1, 10:08 into the body when Hughes unleashed a blast from the highest of the left face-off circle. The puck ticked of Marner’s blade and sailed up over Rittich’s glove.
Sutter acquired Vancouver on the board earlier within the second interval. Travis Hamonic’s shot from the blue line hit the skin of the online and bounced again towards the crease the place Sutter shortly pounced and tipped it in for his seventh purpose of the season.
Toronto ended the primary interval up 1-0 after Myers blew a tire close to the blue line and Nylander darted previous him on a breakaway. Holtby stopped the following blast however Nylander collected his personal rebound, swung across the again of the online and delivered it to Tavares for the faucet in.
The Leafs captain is on a six-game level streak with 4 targets and 6 assists throughout the stretch.
There was a tense second halfway via the second interval when Zach Bogosian flew into the top boards.
The Leafs defenceman appeared to catch his skate in a rut whereas chasing down a puck and fell awkwardly, a thud echoing via the empty rink. He lay on the ice for a number of moments earlier than going on to the dressing room and didn’t return to the sport.
The Canucks will proceed their homestand Thursday once they host the Ottawa Senators. The Leafs will likely be in Winnipeg to face the Jets the identical night time.