Toronto Maple Leafs 4, San Jose Sharks 1
Morgan Rielly scored the winner with 5:29 left in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Friday evening.
Ilya Mikheyev got a goal and an assist, Jake Muzzin and Austin Matthews also scored for the Leafs. Frederik Andersen made 16 saves.
Kevin Labanc replied for San Jose (4-6-1), which got 25 stops from Martin Jones.
Rielly took a pass from William Nylander off the rush and buried his third of the season upstairs on Jones as the Leafs picked up just their second victory in the last five games.
Tied 1-1 through 40 minutes, Toronto couldn’t do anything on two power plays early in the third — falling to 0 for 5 on the night — before Andersen had to make a good pad save on Evander Kane at the other end.
Matthews then ripped a shot off the rush with under eight minutes to play that Jones smothered before Mitch Marner stickhandled around the Sharks goalie on the next shift, but couldn’t tuck his effort home.
After the Leafs pushed ahead 2-1, the Sharks pulled Jones for the extra attacker. Kasperi Kapanen inexplicably missed the empty net from in tight, but Mikheyev iced it with 47.5 seconds left as Toronto breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Matthews then scored his ninth with Jones back in the San Jose net to make it 4-1.
Down 1-0 late in the second period in front of an increasingly restless crowd of 19,102 at Scotiabank Arena, the nervous-looking Leafs pulled even with 1.9 seconds left on the clock when Muzzin floated down in front of the Sharks’ net and buried a feed from Jason Spezza.
Meanwhile, Marleau was honoured with a video tribute during the first television timeout at the Scotiabank Arena. He has now suited up 1,663 times in the NHL with the Sharks and Leafs.