Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in overtime
TORONTO (AP) — Kasperi Kapanen was looking to get off the ice. Instead, he wound up scoring the game-winning goal in overtime.
Kapanen scored his second goal of the game at 1:53 of overtime and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 on Sunday night.
Kapanen’s winner squeezed through the pads of former Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier and just got over the goal line.
“I was huffing and puffing,” said Kapanen, who has 14 goals this season after scoring just eight in his first 55 NHL games. “Lucky enough it went in.”
Morgan Rielly and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist, and Frederik Gauthier also for Toronto, which extended its winning streak to four games.
Frans Nielsen, Filip Hronek, Michael Rasmussen and Christoffer Ehn scored for Detroit. Bernier stopped 19 shots for the Red Wings.
With Toronto down 4-3, Tavares knotted things up with 7.6 seconds left in regulation when he tipped a shot from the point by Jake Gardiner past Bernier for his 24th of the season with Sparks on the bench for the extra attacker.
Tavares then nearly won it a minute into overtime, but he shot high over Bernier’s net from close range before Kapanen won it.
Nielsen snapped a 3-3 deadlock with under eight minutes to go when he buried a rebound past Garret Sparks, who had 26 saves.
Detroit led 2-1 after the first and stretched that advantage at 9:53 of the second when Ehn took a long pass from Wade Megan before fighting off both Travis Dermott and Justin Holl and chipping a backhand over Sparks for his first NHL goal.