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by Epiehl
Rated: E · Article · Sports · #2206364
A recap of last night's Toronto/Colorado game.
The Toronto Maple Leafs made it two in a row last night under their new bench boss, Sheldon Keefe.

The Leafs defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-3.

"Wins in general are important," said Keefe at the post game press conference.

"I like that we persevered."

Nathan McKinnon scored for the Avs. 31 seconds into the game.

Toronto didn't give up, though.

At 9:49 of the first period, Nicholas Shore tied the game.

Auston Matthews put the Leafs ahead 2-1 at 10:56 with his 16th goal of the season.

Tyson Barrie scored on the Leaf's power play at 13:22.

Kasperi Kapanen scored on a break away at 17:36.

It looked as if the Leafs had control of the game.

Colorado, however, pushed hard in the second and third periods.

Andre Buraskosky scored on the power play at 10:21 of the second period.

6:54 into the third period, Valeri Nichuskin closed the gap to 4-3.

"We just looked like a tired team," said Keefe.

Thankfully, Zach Hyman scored an empty-netter with just a second to go in the game.

Leaf's goalie, Frederik Andersen, was crucial to his team last night, stopping Colorado from tying the game, especially, with the extra attacker.

Andersen stopped 34 shots last night.

Matthews and Barrie had two points.

Colorado's Nazem Kadri had two assists.

The Leafs have three nights off before playing the Red Wings in Detroit on Wednesday.
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