Edler’s OT goal lifts Canucks past Maple Leafs
Alexander Edler scored with 1:49 left in overtime, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied for a 3-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rogers Arena on Wednesday.
The Canucks trailed 2-0 after two periods, but Loui Eriksson and Josh Leivo scored 1:52 apart early in the third, and Edler won it with a wrist shot under Frederik Andersen’s glove from the top of the left face-off circle.
“That one feels good,” Canucks center Bo Horvat said. “The relentlessness and the character in this room that we battled back against a team like that, it’s not easy to do and I thought we played a heck of a 60 minutes tonight.”
It was Toronto’s first loss this season when leading after two periods (32-0-1).
“Just little mistakes that we’ve got to fix,” said Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner, who had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (three goals, eight assists). “Going forward, we’re going to look at it and be better at it. We’ve been pretty good all year at holding those leads, so we can’t get frustrated about this one.”
Adam Gaudette had two assists, and Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves for Vancouver (28-30-9), which ended a three-game losing streak and moved within seven points of the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
“We need to get back on the win train again and just feel good about ourselves and have something to build on,” Markstrom said. “It’s a good bounce back game.”
Ron Hainsey and Morgan Rielly scored 34 seconds apart in the second period, and Andersen made 28 saves for Toronto (41-21-5), which trails the Boston Bruins by two points for second place in the Atlantic Division.
“The second period was real good for us,” Hainsey said. “Obviously, letting the lead slip away was not what we were looking for.”
They said it
“Of course, I want to save that one. I thought I took my eyes off it a little bit too quick, thinking about the next play, but it dipped on me a little bit. But obviously one I have to stop.” — Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen on the overtime goal
“Our team doesn’t quit, and we have shown that all year. We have battled back a lot this year. Toronto had two quick-strike goals and they are explosive like that, but our guys stuck with it.” — Canucks coach Travis Green
Need to know
Each of Hainsey’s five goals this season has been scored on the road. … Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton, whose average ice time (27:08) is third in the NHL since Feb. 5, didn’t play after blocking a shot off his foot in a 3-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday. Edler played 27:06 in his third game back after missing 11 with a concussion. … Canucks forward Ryan Spooner missed his first game since being acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 16 because of a groin injury.
Maple Leafs: At the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SN, NHL.TV)
Canucks: At the Oilers on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, SNP, NHL.TV)