Toronto Maple Leafs rally for 3-2 victory over struggling Canucks

Jordie Benn scored the game-winning goal in his Maple Leafs debut as Toronto beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks 3-2 after trailing 2-0 on Saturday.

Auston Matthews and Pierre Engvall scored the other goals for Toronto (8-5-3).

Eric Calgren made 28 saves in his second start after the Leafs lost 4-2 at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

Bo Horvat and JT Miller answered on behalf of Vancouver (4-8-3). Spencer Martin blocked 32 shots for the struggling Canucks, who lost their sixth multi-goal lead of the season.

After they couldn’t get out of the first period of second gear, the Maple Leafs cut the visiting team’s lead when Matthews tore his seventh upstairs in a power play 1:46 after the restart half.

Engvar then added his second game at 6:27 to tie it 2-2 at 10:01 to score against his former team.

Brock Boeser hit the post for Vancouver early in the third period and Kallgren fumbled off Andrei Kuzmenko’s shot late in the quarter, but the Canucks couldn’t find a third goal to force overtime.

Vancouver opened the scoring at 3:41 of the first quarter when Horvath beat Calgren, who is making his eighth appearance in the 2022-23 season, for the 13th time, Matt Murray (groin/abductors) And Ilya Samsonov (knee) sidelined. Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said before the game that Murray’s goal is to return Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Miller then made it 2-0 on a power play at 12:11 when he fired his eighth shot over a screened Karl Glenn before Toronto took the lead with a quick 10-minute second period.


Leafs great Borje Salming was honored for the second night in a row following Friday’s thrilling pregame ceremony ahead of the NHL Hall of Fame game.

When the 71-year-old was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in August, his family received another warm welcome by his side, as a video chronicling his career was recorded Play on the scoreboard.

As part of the tribute, the Leafs started all six Swedish players, with Maple Leafs wing William Nylander and Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larson taking part in a formal duel.

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When Salmin was at his best, Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau played part of seven seasons for the Maple Leafs.

“He could play 28 or 30 minutes a night,” Boudreau said after his Saturday morning skate. “Doing the same thing the next night. His (form) was unbelievable.”

Boudreaux recalls the night he scored his only NHL hat-trick in December 1977. Salmin assisted all three goals and set up two others as part of a five-point night.

“Incredible player,” Boudreaux added of his former roommate. “It’s hard to describe what he would be like in today’s world. Or compare him to someone today.”


Leafs: Visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Canucks: Visit the Boston Bruins on Sunday.

Joshua Clipperton, Canadian Press

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