Kapanen gives Maple Leafs OT win against Coyotes
Kasperi Kapanen scored on a breakaway at 3:43 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.
After Jordan Oesterle had the puck ricochet off his stick into the air at the offensive blue line, Kapanen swatted it forward and outraced Oesterle to the loose puck before shooting over Adin Hill’s glove.
“I think everybody here knows that’s my go-to move when I get a breakaway so I just decided to try it and hopefully it would go in, and it did,” Kapanen said. “We need these points, we need these extra points. At this point in the season with the standings, these are big points for us.”
The Coyotes appeared to have won 1:30 into overtime when Jakob Chychrun took a pass from Taylor Hall at the top of the slot and shot between Jack Campbell’s pads, but the goal was overturned for goalie interference on Derek Stepan.
“It’s definitely a little bit different. You think you win the game and then it’s game-on again, so it’s a little bit different,” Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak said. “It was unfortunate.”
Zach Hyman scored twice, Alexander Kerfoot had two assists, and Campbell made 35 saves for the Maple Leafs (30-19-8), who are 2-0-1 in their past three games.
“We did feel pretty confident. Jack felt very confident,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said about the goalie interference review. “When you look at it, it was as straightforward as you’re going to get for these types of calls.”
They said it
“It’s not too hard, you’re in the game still. It [stinks] that we think we won there for a minute but that’s the way it goes, goalie interference and they called it back. But it was a hard-fought game, I thought we had a lot of jump in our step. I thought we played a good game all-around. It was honestly just a good hockey game, but it [stinks] that we came out one point short.” — Coyotes goalie Adin Hill
“I usually don’t get too emotional in the game but the guy bumped me pretty good and their guy shot it five-hole so I knew I would have saved that if he didn’t bump me. You never know how it’s going to be called but I tried to state my case a little bit. Thankfully it got overturned and we won the game, so it was good.” — Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell
Need to know
Chychrun had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (two goals, three assists. … Dvorak has six goals in the past 10 games. … The Coyotes were playing the second game of a back to back. They won 3-2 at the Montreal Canadiens on Monday. … Tavares extended his point streak to five games (five goals, three assists) but had his four-game goal streak end. … Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen missed his fourth consecutive game with a neck injury.
Coyotes: At the Ottawa Senators on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)
Maple Leafs: Host the Dallas Stars on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNO, FS-SW, NHL.TV)
OT heroics at home.
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