Nylander scores in OT, Maple Leafs beat Panthers 5-4

Josh Mahura of the Florida Panthers battles against Dryden Hunt of the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on January 17, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Panthers 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) (Claus Andersen, 2023 Claus Andersen)

TORONTO – William Nylander scored his second goal of the game at 1:53 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Nylander added an assist for a three-point performance and Auston Matthews, Dryden Hunt and Alexander Kerfoot also scored for Toronto.

Mitch Marner added two assists to break Darryl Sittler’s 1977-78 franchise home points streak record at 19 games.

Matt Murray allowed four goals on eight shots before being replaced by Ilya Samsonov early in the second period. Samsonov stopped 11 shots.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist and Carter Verhaeghe, Anton Lundell and Josh Mahura also scored for Florida. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves.

Nylander missed the net on a penalty shot with Toronto trailing 4-3 early in the third period, then scored at 5:59 after Marner’s initial shot hit Bobrovsky’s pad and caromed in off the Toronto forward.

Nylander then buried the winner in the extra period, showing great patience on a terrific individual effort before sliding the puck past Bobrovsky.

UP NEXT

Panthers: At Montreal on Thursday night.

Maple Leafs: Host Winnipeg on Thursday night.

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