TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS GAME REPORT VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – Leafs Lose the Puck and Game To The Islanders
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 5 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 4 FINAL
NEW YORK, NY – The Maple Leafs threw away another solid start in New York with bad giveaways to lose again at Nassau Coliseum Wednesday night.
Toronto dominated possession in the first 10 minutes of play before a miscommunication between Andreas Johnsson and William Nylander caused a turnover that Jordan Eberle jumped on and found Mathew Barzal wide open in front of Frederik Andersen for the opening goal.
The Leafs were flat for the rest of the period and gave up another powerplay goal to Anthony Beauvillier, one of two for him on the night.
The Leafs stormed back in the second and completely dominated the Islanders on both sides of the puck. Kasperi Kapanen deflected a shot from John Tavares just 43 seconds into the period for Tavares’ 100th point as a Maple Leaf. Nylander finished off a beautiful passing play 11 minutes later for his fourth goal in three games to tie the game.
Toronto held New York from getting a single shot on net until 5:17 left in the period and Beaufillier scored less than a minute later off another poor choice by the Leafs defence that left Alexander Kerfoot in front to defend.
The Islanders scored two more goals off turnovers to take a 5-2 lead. Justin Holl and Tavares scored late in the game to make it close but, the Leafs ultimately couldn’t tie it with the 38 seconds they had left.
Tavares records his first multi-point night in the loss, and Nylander extends his goal streak to three games in the process.
Andersen stopped 25 of 29 shots for a save percentage of .862, his worst game in November. Semyon Varlomov got the start for the Islanders and made 23 saves on 27 shots for an .852 save percentage.
New York improves to 13-3-1 and is just 3 points back of the Washington Capitals for first in the East, while Toronto falls to 9-7-4 and remains in the second wildcard spot.
The Leafs’ next game is November 15th at home against the Boston Bruins.