Toronto made its first trip to Brooklyn as the post-Christmas season got underway.
The Leafs played a strong game, and pulled ahead with two quick-fire goals early in the second period. They were able to hold on in the third period, despite a goal from former Leaf Nikolai Kulemin midway through the frame.
The two teams were pretty much even in Corsi numbers over the course of the game, but that certainly didn’t extend to chances, where the Leafs were dominant. They had a strong powerplay performance, and were clearly the better side at even strength as well. There was not much between the two teams in terms of zone entries, with a push at the end from the Islanders, pulling them into a narrow lead.
After an even first ten minutes or so, the Leafs seized control of the game and never really let go. An 11-2 second period saw the Leafs grab the lead, and they managed to control the Islanders in the final frame, finishing the third period almost level.
|1||19:28||0||0||Nyi||Nelson wide from Tavares||ES||2||40||43||44||45||47||1||18||29||44||55||91|
|1||18:20||0||0||Nyi||Lee from loose puck||ES||23||28||45||46||51||56||1||14||27||37||84||86|
|1||15:39||0||0||Tor||Lupul from Gardiner||PP||19||24||43||45||47||51||1||3||14||15||53|
|1||10:56||0||0||Tor||Kadri drives wide||ES||2||40||43||44||45||47||1||18||29||37||55||91|
|1||09:59||0||0||Tor||Van Riemsdyk deflects Marincin shot||ES||15||21||42||45||46||52||1||2||3||27||84||86|
|1||08:52||0||0||Tor||Froese from loose puck||ES||23||28||45||46||52||56||1||3||12||21||37||51|
|1||06:44||0||0||Tor||Parenteau deflects Marincin shot||ES||15||21||42||45||46||52||1||27||44||55||84||86|
|1||05:48||0||0||Tor||Van Riemsdyk wide from faceoff||ES||3||15||21||42||45||51||1||12||14||21||37||51|
|2||18:28||0||0||Tor||Polak drives wide||ES||15||21||42||45||46||51||1||2||3||27||84||86|
|2||18:27||0||0||Tor||GOAL! Bozak from rebound||ES||15||21||42||45||46||51||1||2||3||27||84||86|
|2||16:47||1||0||Tor||GOAL! Grabner from rebound||EN||2||40||42||43||44||47||1||14||18||29||37||91|
|2||09:35||2||0||Tor||Van Riemsdyk from loose puck||ES||3||15||21||42||45||51||1||2||3||12||21||91|
|2||07:23||2||0||Tor||Komarov deflects Gardiner shot||PP||19||24||43||45||47||51||1||3||14||15||53|
|2||07:14||2||0||Tor||Komarov deflects Holland shot wide||PP||19||24||43||45||47||51||1||3||14||15||53|
|2||07:05||2||0||Tor||Holland from Gardiner||PP||19||24||43||45||47||51||1||3||14||15||53|
|2||06:15||2||0||Tor||Parenteau wide from Bozak||ES||2||15||21||42||44||45||1||12||14||21||37||91|
|2||05:47||2||0||Nyi||Okposo post from loose puck||ES||2||40||43||44||45||47||1||2||3||12||21||91|
|2||02:03||2||0||Tor||Kadri from loose puck||ES||2||19||26||43||44||45||1||14||17||18||37||91|
|3||15:59||2||0||Tor||Van Riemsdyk from Bozak||ES||15||21||42||45||46||52||1||12||14||27||37||51|
|3||15:45||2||0||Tor||Van Riemsdyk from Bozak||ES||15||21||42||45||46||52||1||12||14||27||37||51|
|3||13:33||2||0||Nyi||Tavares post from Okposo||ES||2||23||40||43||44||45||1||2||3||21||29||91|
|3||13:24||2||0||Tor||Komarov from Grabner||ES||2||40||43||44||45||47||1||2||3||21||29||91|
|3||07:30||2||0||Nyi||GOAL! Kulemin deflects Leddy shot||ES||3||15||21||42||45||51||1||2||3||18||84||86|
|3||03:50||2||1||Nyi||Nelson wide from Okposo||ES||2||40||43||44||45||47||1||14||21||29||37||91|
Leafs Player Data
Tyler Bozak was one of the NHL’s stars of the week, and you can see why from a game like this, as that line was spectacular. All three of Bozak, James Van Riemsdyk and P.A. Parenteau finished at +8, and their nine ES chances were more than all three other lines combined.
Nazem Kadri’s line also did well, matching up against John Tavares and narrowly getting the better of them, finishing in the positive in chance differential while dominating the neutral zone. The bottom two lines were relatively quiet, and all those players had negative differential.
For another night, the man I’ll focus on is Roman Polak, as he continues to string together some impressive chance numbers. Despite getting few offensive zone starts, he was on for more ES chances than any other Leaf defenceman. He played with Martin Marincin early, and also played five minutes with Jake Gardiner, who had an excellent defensive night. Matt Hunwick and Morgan Rielly joined the Kadri line in matching up mostly against John Tavares. Both Hunwick and Rielly had strong results, finishing in the positive in chances, with Hunwick leading the team with well over 20 even-strength minutes.