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.

TeamChances1st2nd3rdESESCloseESCh%NZEnt%ContEnt
Tor20611315862.5%48.5%41.8%
Nyi93249437.5%51.5%42.9%

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.

PeriodTimeSTSOTeamHowStateT1T2T3T4T5T6O1O2O3O4O5O6
119:2800NyiNelson wide from TavaresES2404344454711829445591
118:2000NyiLee from loose puckES23284546515611427378486
115:3900TorLupul from GardinerPP19244345475113141553
110:5600TorKadri drives wideES2404344454711829375591
109:5900TorVan Riemsdyk deflects Marincin shotES152142454652123278486
109:2600NyiNielsen drivesES232845465256123122151
108:5200TorFroese from loose puckES2328454652561312213751
106:4400TorParenteau deflects Marincin shotES15214245465212744558486
105:4800TorVan Riemsdyk wide from faceoffES3152142455111214213751
218:2800TorPolak drives wideES152142454651123278486
218:2700TorGOAL! Bozak from reboundES152142454651123278486
217:3410NyiNelson drivesES19242645465211418293791
217:0510TorKadri drivesES2404344454711418293791
216:4710TorGOAL! Grabner from reboundEN2404243444711418293791
209:3520TorVan Riemsdyk from loose puckES31521424551123122191
207:2320TorKomarov deflects Gardiner shotPP19244345475113141553
207:1420TorKomarov deflects Holland shot widePP19244345475113141553
207:0520TorHolland from GardinerPP19244345475113141553
206:1520TorParenteau wide from BozakES2152142444511214213791
205:4720NyiOkposo post from loose puckES24043444547123122191
202:0320TorKadri from loose puckES2192643444511417183791
201:4220TorKomarov drivesES2404344454711214213791
315:5920TorVan Riemsdyk from BozakES15214245465211214273751
315:4520TorVan Riemsdyk from BozakES15214245465211214273751
313:3320NyiTavares post from OkposoES22340434445123212991
313:2420TorKomarov from GrabnerES24043444547123212991
307:3020NyiGOAL! Kulemin deflects Leddy shotES31521424551123188486
304:5221NyiGrabovski drivesES19242645465211844558486
303:5021NyiNelson wide from OkposoES2404344454711421293791

Leafs Player Data

PlayerESChFESChAESCh%ESTOIZS%NZ%ContEntOppContEnt
Parenteau9190.0%16:2566.7%42.9%41.7%40.6%
Van Riemsdyk9190.0%16:1566.7%42.6%43.5%41.9%
Bozak9190.0%16:2766.7%42.9%37.5%37.5%
Komarov4357.1%15:1430.0%58.1%52.0%27.8%
Kadri5455.6%15:4437.5%57.8%50.0%36.8%
Grabner4450.0%15:0433.3%51.1%50.0%30.4%
Lupul1233.3%12:3933.3%50.0%36.8%47.4%
Winnik1233.3%13:0633.3%47.2%29.4%57.9%
Boyes1233.3%09:0340.0%54.5%41.7%60.0%
Froese1233.3%08:4940.0%47.8%36.4%50.0%
Matthias1325.0%09:2144.4%52.0%30.8%66.7%
Holland020.0%13:4425.0%46.3%36.8%50.0%
Phaneuf2166.7%15:4762.5%42.0%42.9%31.0%
Gardiner4266.7%18:3055.6%43.8%42.9%40.7%
Polak7463.6%19:1128.6%50.0%40.0%48.0%
Marincin5362.5%11:39100.0%48.6%47.1%50.0%
Hunwick6460.0%22:3728.6%52.0%38.5%47.2%
Rielly6460.0%20:4036.4%49.3%42.9%38.9%

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.