Leafs Down Oilers to Cap Impressive Road Trip
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, December 15, 2019
The Toronto Maple Leafs wrapped up their four game road trip with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place Saturday night.
The Leafs received some welcome offensive spark from their third and fourth lines. Center Alex Kerfoot opened the scoring, taking a perfect pass from Pierre Engvall from behind the Oilers net and firing a shot high over Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen. It was Kerfoot’s sixth goal of the season. The Leafs had opportunities to extend the lead but ended the period holding a 1-0 edge.
Kerfoot’s line connected again at 5:27 of the second period, Ilya Mikheyev taking a pass at the side of the Oilers net from Kerfoot off a shot from Engvall and burying his fifth of the season.
After giving up three goals in under three minutes to start the third period in Thursday’s 4-2 loss to Calgary, the Leafs must have had a feeling of déjà vu when Oilers defenseman Alex Chiasson scored a power play goal at 6:07 of the third to get the Oilers back in the game.
But there would be no third period collapse on this night. Frederik Gauthier restored the Leafs two goal advantage at 13:49 and the blue and white rode the rock solid goaltending of Freddy Andersen to secure the victory. Mitch Marner added an empty net goal on the power play to round out the scoring.
Andersen made 36 saves to earn the win. The one sour note -- Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie left the game in the first period with an ankle injury. He did not return.
The Leafs return home having won three of four games on their road trip with victories over the Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. The Buds take on the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night at Scotiabank arena.
The Oilers have now lost four straight and will look to turn things around in Dallas when they take on the Stars on Monday night.