Nylander scores in OT, Maple Leafs beat Panthers 5-4

Jan 17, 2023, 5:13 AM | Updated: 8:47 pm
Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (88) scores against Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei...

Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (88) scores against Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) as forward Carter Verhaeghe (23) watches during overtime in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

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              Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (88) misses on a penalty shot against Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner (16) passes the puck in front of Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs forward Pierre Engvall (47) as defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Florida Panthers defenceman Josh Mahura (28) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with forward Grigori Denisenko (14) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Matt Murray (30) makes a save on Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov (16) as Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (88) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Matt Murray (30) makes a save on Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov (16) as Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (88) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Florida Panthers forward Carter Verhaeghe (23) celebrates a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (88) celebrates his overtime goal with defenseman Timothy Liljegren (37) and forward Mitchell Marner (16) against the Florida Panthers during an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (88) scores against Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) as forward Carter Verhaeghe (23) watches during overtime in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — William Nylander scored his second goal of the game at 1:53 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Nylander added an assist for a three-point performance and Auston Matthews, Dryden Hunt and Alexander Kerfoot also scored for Toronto.

“A difference-maker,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said about Nylander. “That’s more of the type of player he’s been for us all season.”

Mitch Marner added two assists to break Darryl Sittler’s 1977-78 franchise home points streak record at 19 games.

Matt Murray allowed four goals on eight shots before being replaced by Ilya Samsonov early in the second period. Samsonov stopped 11 shots.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist and Carter Verhaeghe, Anton Lundell and Josh Mahura also scored for Florida. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves.

“There will always be penalties you take that you earn … and there’s a whole bunch you’re not going to like,” Panthers coach Paul Maurice said. “I thought we had the inordinate share of those.”

Nylander missed the net on a penalty shot with Toronto trailing 4-3 early in the third period, then scored at 5:59 after Marner’s initial shot hit Bobrovsky’s pad and caromed in off the Toronto forward.

“He’s got the reserve tank like I’ve never seen,” Marner said about Nylander. “Finds ways out there, especially in overtime, to give himself space. Turns on the burners.”

Nylander then buried the winner in the extra period, showing great patience on a terrific individual effort before sliding the puck past Bobrovsky.

UP NEXT

Panthers: At Montreal on Thursday night.

Maple Leafs: Host Winnipeg on Thursday night.

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Nylander scores in OT, Maple Leafs beat Panthers 5-4