National Hockey League
Toronto 4, Edmonton 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, January 22, 2021
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Marc Joannette, Kendrick Nicholson
Linesmen: Bevan Mills, Derek Nansen
Attendance: N/A

John Tavares broke a deadlock midway through the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs held on for a home-ice 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

Goaltender Frederik Andersen made 30 saves for Toronto. Despite missing a pair of forwards in Auston Matthews (upper body) and Joe Thornton (rib fracture), who are key contributors to their power play, the Maple Leafs scored twice while enjoying the man-advantage, with the captain's goal key.

With the score tied 2-2, Tavares headed to the front of the net and deflected Mitch Marner's long shot for his fourth goal of the season at 11:46 of the final frame. All of his goals have been on the power play.

Marner iced the game with an empty-net goal in the final second.

The Oilers won the first half of their two-game set 3-1 on Wednesday and had a chance to win this one, too.

After a scoreless first period, Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl opened the scoring with a short-handed goal. First, Kailer Yamamoto stole the puck near the end boards and then Draisaitl stripped it from William Nylander before tucking home the puck at 5:12 of the frame.

However, Adam Brooks scored his first NHL goal 43 seconds later to draw the hosts even. Brooks was in the slot when Jason Spezza sent a cross-ice pass that banked off his skate and into the cage.

Then it was Toronto's turn to take a lead and lose it. Jimmy Vesey buried his second goal of the season at 11:16. Travis Dermott took a hard hit to keep the puck in the zone, and seconds later, Nylander sent a pass to a wide-open Vesey to easy convert into a wide-open net.

Connor McDavid, though, tied the clash 2-2 just 50 seconds into the third period when he deflected a high point shot from the slot.

Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen stopped 25 shots in the loss.

The Maple Leafs will head west for a pair of road games against both the Calgary Flames and Oilers. Edmonton visits Winnipeg for a couple of clashes before returning home.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Edmonton   Toronto
Leon Draisaitl 1 Points Mitchell Marner 2
Leon Draisaitl 1 Goals Mitchell Marner 1
Ethan Bear 1 Assists William Nylander 2
N/A Power Play Goals Adam Brooks 1
Leon Draisaitl 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Mikko Koskinen .893 Save Percentage Frederik Andersen .938
Mikko Koskinen 25 Saves Frederik Andersen 30
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Edmonton 32 2 0-2 0-2 4 22
Toronto 29 4 2-2 2-2 4 28
Upcoming Games
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Calgary. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .333 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Edmonton will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Oilers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .667 after a loss.