Monday, October 8, 2018
Morgan Rielly scored 19 seconds into overtime to lift the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs to a wild 7-6 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.
John Tavares recorded his ninth career hat trick - and his first since joining Toronto - in the fast-paced victory. Auston Matthews added two goals and two assists, while Rielly finished with one goal and two assists. Kasperi Kapanen netted Toronto's initial goal.
Patrick Kane scored a pair of goals for Chicago. Jonathan Toews contributed his team-leading fifth goal, while Duncan Keith and rookie Henri Jokiharju tallied three assists each.
The loss spoiled the home opener for the Blackhawks, who began the season with a pair of overtime wins on the road.
A wild finish to the third period prompted overtime. The teams combined for three goals in the final 84 seconds as Chicago evened the score 5-5, Toronto went ahead 6-5 and Chicago again pulled even.
Maple Leafs goaltender Garret Sparks earned the win despite allowing six goals on 31 shots. He fared slightly better than Hawks goalie Cam Ward, who surrendered seven goals on 34 shots.
The score was even at 4-4 midway through the third period when Tavares capped off his hat trick at 9:29. The talented 28-yearold has four goals in three games as a Leaf.
Kane tied it 5-5 1:24 to play. But the advantage lasted for only 22 seconds before Matthews put Toronto back on top 6-5 with his team-leading fifth goal. Momentum quickly swung once again as Kane scored with 29 seconds remaining in the third period to make it 6-6.
Chicago conducted a 21-second moment of silence before the game in honour of Stan Mikita, who wore No. 21 for the team during his Hall of Fame career. Mikita died in August at age 78.
Morgan Rielly of the Leafs celebrates his overtime winner in Chicago Sunday. He scored when he cut to the slot and ripped a wrist shot past the glove side of Hawks goalie Cam Ward.
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