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Nylander, Maple Leafs hold off Flyers, extend home point line

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toronto– William Nylander He had a goal and two assists to help the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.

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“We came out kind of slow at first, but then we picked up the pace and got the two big goals (in the second period) and got going in the third,” Nylander said. “Very exciting at the end, but a good way to head into the break.”

Mitchell Marner He had a purpose and help, Yernrock Street And the Michael Bunting each log f Ilya Samsonov He made 16 saves for the Maple Leafs (21-7-6), who extended their home score streak to 10 games (8-0-2).

Video: PHI @TOR: Nylander goes into the backstretch to extend the lead

Samsonov improved to 9-0-0 at home.

“Last two games, yeah, me [allowed] Eight goals, Samsonov said “A little bit of a Christmas gift from me, but it’s okay, we got the two points today, that’s more important for us. We [will] Smile tomorrow with a few days off. I will enjoy it and stay with my family and my dog.”

Tony D’Angelo He had a goal and help, and Travis Konicney He had two assists for the Flyers (11-16-7), who have been 2-4-2 in their past eight games. Carter Hart Made 30 saves.

“Penalties and the inability to get the pucks behind their defense,” said Philadelphia coach John Tortorella. “We fueled their transfer, letting the seniors get into the power play. Our second term was awful.”

Marner put Toronto up 2-1 at 19:23 of the second period when he needed a one-run out John Tavares At high aperture on power play.

The Maple Leafs outscored the Flyers 26-8 through the first two periods.

“It’s not an easy job for a goalkeeper,” said Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe. “I was thinking about it during the game about how you can do a really good job of blocking a big chance because of the long rest periods without any work, and then we saw it in the third period all of a sudden, they got two goals in a really tight way. It’s a tough request for a goalkeeper there. I feel for them with that.” Meaning, but I don’t because our team plays well in front of them, keeps chances, takes shots, so they have to get comfortable in the net.”

Ponting made it 3-1, going on to lead 33 seconds into the third period when he scored one run from it Austin Mathews in the slot.

“That was a great play, that whole sequence I thought we were hard on the fore check, changing sides and then things opened up,” Ponting said. “[Nylander] He made a wonderful play for [Matthews] And he could even shoot that, but he saw me and I could tap easily so that was a great play for both of them.”

VIDEO: PHI @ TOR: Bunting buries a Matthews double lead dish

The Maple Leafs killed the power play 5-on-3 for 1:01 starting at 8:20 of the third.

Nylander made it 4-1 at 11:39 when he fired a backhand shot past Hart for his 20th goal of the season.

Morgan Frost Cut it to 4-2 at 12:01 when he fired from the left hash, W Joel Farabi He made it 4-3 at 13:24 with a shot between Samsonov’s pads from the holeshot to end an 11-game drought.

“It doesn’t really mean much,” Farabi said. “I’d rather not score the rest of the year and win every game then score every game and lose. It’s definitely a bit frustrating. I thought we had a good effort but a couple of mistakes hurt but it doesn’t really mean much when you don’t win the game.”

Video: PHI @ TOR: Farabi defeats Samsonov to reduce deficit

Samsonov maintained a one-goal lead when he tackled Rust and slid to his left with 2:23 remaining.

“I thought our attacking men struggled through a lot of the game,” said Tortorella. “But I thought they came back alive near the end and found a way to shut it down.”

The Maple Leafs were killed by a penalty tackle for Timothy Lillgren With 24 seconds to go with 1:10 left and Hart pulling in for an extra kick until Farabi served a grueling penalty at 19:14. Toronto killed the final 46 seconds with the Flyers having a 5-on-4 advantage as Hart pulled away.

“We went through that situation, but I loved it,” Keefe said. “We had some chances to ice the game and put them in the net and we couldn’t do that but in terms of the way we played I think we didn’t panic about it. We’ve been in that situation before and it looked like that.”

The Flyers took a 1-0 lead at 4:17 of the first when DeAngelo’s one-time pass from Kevin Hayes At high aperture on power play.

Jarnkreuk tied the game at 1-1 at 16:50 of the second when he redirected a shot from Marner into the hole.

Notes: Samsonov tied Bruce Gamble (October 25, 1967 to January 20, 1968) for the longest reign in Maple Leafs history by winning each of their first nine home games. … Marner extended his home scoring streak to 14 games (21 points; five goals, 16 assists). … Toronto FW Pierre Engvall He played his 200th NHL game and had an assist at 12:52 ice time. … Konecny’s first assist was his 300th NHL point.

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