Golden Knights Fall in OT in Toronto

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (9-5-3 21 PTS) - OT

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1 (9-5-3 21 PTS) - OT

Playing his second game back after missing seven with a broken finger, Tavares took a pass from Mitch Marner on a 2-on-1 and scored his fourth goal of the season upstairs on Subban.

No goals were scored until the third period, when a bouncing puck made its way to Vegas' Max Pacioretty in front of the Maple Leafs' net.

The Leafs (21 points) leaped over the Buffalo Sabres (20 points) into second place in the Atlantic Division with the win. The Golden Knights average roughly 34 shots on goal per game, and they surpassed that mark Thursday with 38 shots at Andersen.

One might think it a little odd that Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock used the word "beautiful" to describe their 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.

Like it has for so many others in the Maple Leafs dressing room this fall, Toronto has been an adjustment. Tavares officially returned for the November 5 game vs. the Los Angeles Kings, but Thursday felt like his real return to form.

The Maple Leafs have struggled to play a dominant 60 minutes of hockey this season, and one prominent issue within the last ten games has been the power play.

The Leafs came in having given up at least one man-advantage goal against in 11 of 16 games this season, and in eight of their last nine, but managed to stave off a late Vegas opportunity. William Karlsson has collected 10 points over the last 10 games for Vegas. Marner made a ideal pass and Tavares buried the one-time shot past Subban for the game-winner.

Auston Matthews has recorded 18 total points while scoring 12 goals and collecting six assists for the Maple Leafs. According to the team's PR Twitter account, he is only the eighth coach in league history to reach the milestone, joining an elite group that includes Scotty Bowman (1,244 regular-season wins), Joel Quenneville (897), Ken Hitchcock (849), Barry Trotz (821), Al Arbour (782), Lindy Ruff (736) and Paul Maurice (703).

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