Maple Leafs Beat Islanders 5-2, Nylander Has 4 Point Game

Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the New York Islanders. Photo: IMAGO

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 on Tuesday night, improving their record to 29-11-8. The Leafs continue to be 2nd seed in the NHL Atlantic Division, sitting on 66 points behind the Boston Bruins. Toronto are now 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

The hero of the day was William Nylander, putting in a 4 point performance which consisted of 2 goals and 2 assists. John Tavares chipped in with a goal and an assist. while Calle Jarnkrok and Auston Matthews also scored for Toronto. 

Ilya Samsonov, in his third consecutive start, made 31 saves and improved to 13-0-1 at home. Mitch Marner finished without a point which broke his franchise-record point streak at 20 games.

Anders Lee had both goals for the Islanders, who have been struggling as of late, losing their fifth game on the trott. Despite Ilya Sorokin stopping 33 shots, the Islanders dropped to 1-6-3 over their last 10.

The game started off even, with the Islanders coming out firing, opening up a 2-1 lead in the second period. It was then that the Leafs’ offense kicked into the next gear off the back of Nylander, scoring 4 unanswered goals.

In other news, Leafs defenceman T.J. Brodie took part in his first on-ice session with teammates after suffering a rib injury earlier in the month. Coach Keefe announced that Brodie won’t be available until at least Friday when Toronto will be hosts to the Ottawa Senators. 

Up Next for the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs will go up against the New York Rangers next on Wednesday night at the Scotiabank Arena. The Rangers have been heating up in the past month, going 7-2-1 in their last 10. Expect the game to be highly contested, as both teams will be keen to keep up their form going into February.

Betting on the Leafs in 2023

Midway through the season, the Leafs still have plenty of games to play in the upcoming regular season. If you’re thinking of placing bets on Toronto, make sure you read through our list of the best NHL betting sites for the best odds in the province.

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