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Maple Leafs rally to defeat struggling Canucks

Jordie Benn scored the winner in his Maple Leafs debut as Toronto got here again from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Saturday.

Auston Matthews and Pierre Engvall had the opposite targets for Toronto (8-5-3).

Erik Kallgren made 28 saves in his second begin in as many nights after the Leafs misplaced 4-2 at residence to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller replied for Vancouver (4-8-3). Spencer Martin stopped 32 photographs for the struggling Canucks, who blew their sixth multi-goal lead of the season.

Down by that margin after a primary interval the place they could not get out of second gear, the Leafs reduce the guests’ lead in half when Matthews ripped his seventh of the marketing campaign upstairs on an influence play 1:46 after the restart.

Engvall then added his second on a scramble to tie it 2-2 at 6:27 as Toronto stored up the stress earlier than Benn, who injured his groin in pre-season and entered the lineup for the ailing T.J. Brodie, pinched down from his defensive place to rating in opposition to his former staff at 10:01.

WATCH | Benn pockets game-winner:

Jordie Benn will get game-winning objective in 1st sport with Leafs

Benn’s second-period cleanup objective in entrance would stand as Toronto will get by Vancouver 3-2

Brock Boeser hit the submit for Vancouver on an influence play early within the third, and Kallgren snagged an Andrei Kuzmenko shot later within the interval off a turnover, however the Canucks could not discover a third objective to power time beyond regulation.

Vancouver opened the scoring at 3:41 of the primary interval when Horvat tipped his thirteenth previous Kallgren, who made his eighth look of 2022-23 with Matt Murray (groin/abductor) and Ilya Samsonov (knee) sidelined. Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe mentioned earlier than the sport Murray is focusing on Tuesday in Pittsburgh for his return.

Miller then put the guests up 2-0 on an influence play at 12:11 when he fired his eighth previous a screened Kallgren earlier than Toronto responded with a 10-minute flurry within the second to take the lead.

Salming honoured

Leafs nice Börje Salming was honoured for a second consecutive evening on the heels of Friday’s emotional pre-game ceremony forward of the NHL’s Hall of Fame sport.

Diagnosed with ALS — often known as Lou Gehrig’s illness — in August, the 71-year-old acquired one other raucous welcome with household by his facet as a video chronicling his profession performed on the scoreboard.

The Leafs began all six of their Swedish gamers as a part of the tribute, with Leafs winger William Nylander and Canucks defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson collaborating within the ceremonial faceoff.

WATCH | Leafs honour Börje Salming:

Borje Salming honoured by Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs long-time defenceman drops the ceremonial puck and will get a standing ovation in Toronto.

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