Gostisbehere’s late power-play winner helps the Coyotes get past Maple Leafs

Shayne Gostisbehere scored the winner in a power play at the end of the third period and added an assist as the Arizona Coyotes scored their first win of the season by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Monday night.

Christian Fischer, Nick Ritchie and Lawson Crouse, with an empty net, scored the other goals for the Arizona reconstruction (1-2-0). Karel Vejmelka made 26 saves for the Coyotes, who lost 2-0 with less than eight minutes to go.

William Nylander and Mitch Marner responded for Toronto (2-2-0), while Erik Kallgren made 15 stops at his first start to the season. John Tavares has collected two assists for the 900th point of his career.

After the Leafs bounced back to draw 2-2 at the end of the third, Gostisbehere scored on a power play with 1:33 to go.

Toronto seemed to equalize when Kerfoot scored with 39 seconds left, but the NHL situation room ruled that there was a hand handover from Leafs defender Morgan Rielly early in the sequence, nullifying the goal.

Crouse blocked play with 10.2 seconds left as whistles rained down from the stands.

An Arizona seventh round pick at the 2015 NHL draft – a 2019-20 season spent in the Coyotes minor league system was the goalkeeper’s only action with the organization – Kallgren got the call with Ilya Samsonov who took a break and Matt Murray (groin) in reserve for long-term injuries at least until mid-November.

The Coyotes, who opened the season by surpassing an aggregate score of 12-5 in Boston and Pittsburgh, jumped a surprising lead against the Leafs favorites with 25.8 seconds left in the first period with a power play.

Signed by Toronto in the summer of 2021 to play frontline with Marner and Auston Matthews before falling out of favor and later traded to Arizona, Ritchie fired a crevice shot from the post and on Kallgren for his third goal in as many. games.

The Leafs had a couple of opportunities ahead of the man in the opening period and barely let the Coyotes hit the puck for long stretches in what sometimes felt like a long game of staying away, but only recorded five shots. totals.

The Coyotes, who finished 31st overall last season and look set for a similar milestone in 2022-23, went 2-0 at 8:30 a.m. when Fischer beat Kallgren between the narrow pads. .

Toronto, who played at the level of minor opponents in recent seasons, nearly fell behind 3-0 later in the period, but Kallgren held the strong point on a Coyotes power play before the Leafs were booed by Scotiabank ice. Arena at the second interval.

The audience only got more restless in the third period, when Toronto’s power play went for a fourth straight opportunity without registering a shot. Kallgren went on to stop Zack Kassian on the run to keep his team down by two.

The Leafs got another man’s advantage and, after fans’ frustration, finally got on the scoreboard when Nylander grabbed a loose puck and shot home his third with 7:06 left in regulation.

With the attacking lines in a blender, Marner equalized just 24 seconds later when he jumped on a Coyotes turnover for his first.

Recalled in an emergency after Murray injured before Toronto’s 3-2 win over Ottawa, Kallgren helped stabilize the Leafs’ crease last season when Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek were injured, in distress or both.

The Swede made his NHL debut for Toronto against Arizona last March in relief after Mrazek conceded four goals from 12 shots. Kallgren stopped the first 10 shots he faced, but was beaten in extra time.

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