A recap of yesterday's Carolina/Toronto game.
|It was a special day yesterday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto where the Next Generation Game took place.
It was all about the kids yesterday.
The kids took over the building yesterday.
When asked how he felt about the event, Toronto Maple Leaf's head coach, Sheldon Keefe, had nothing, but positive things to say.
"I think the whole concept is outstanding," said Keefe. "Its nice to be a part of that."
As for the game itself, it was a rollercoaster ride for the Leaf's as Toronto defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 8-6.
Just 30 seconds into the game, Jason Spezza scored to put the Leafs ahead 1-0.
William Nylander scored at 3:40 on the man advantage.
John Tavares put the Leafs ahead 3-0 with a power play goal at 5:10.
The Canes' rallied back in the first period to closed the gap to 3-2 with goals by Brock McGinn and Martin Necas.
In the second period, it was all Carolina.
Necas tied the game at 15:09.
20 seconds later, Erik Haula scored to put the Canes' ahead 4-3.
Andrei Svechnikov scored at 16:13 to make it 5-3 Hurricanes.
Fortunately for the Leafs, the team bounced back in the third period.
Auston Matthews scored at 2:35.
Haula scored his second goal of the game at 5:58.
Mitch Marner scored at 11:01.
53 seconds later, Tyson Barrie tied the game 6-6.
Marner scored again at 12:00.
Marner had a five point night.
Pierre Engvall put the game on ice with an empty-netter at 18:20.
Necas had four points and Haula had three points yesterday.
Toronto's Zach Hyman had three assists.
Leaf's goalie, Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots yesterday.
The Leafs don't play until Friday.
Toronto plays the Devils in New Jersey.