Toronto Maple Leafs Push Past the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in Overtime

Coming off a win where they scored five goals in one period against the New York Rangers the Toronto Maple Leafs looked to get back to an even record against the Colorado Avalanche. The odds were in the Leafs favour with the Colorado Avalance playing the day before against the Boston Bruins where the Avalanche pulled away with the victory after Daniel Briere scored the game winner with 0.5 seconds left in the game.

Oct 14, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) celebrates after defeating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

There were many story-lines heading into the game. James Reimer received his second straight start and Jake Gardiner was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. One decision was a no-brainer but the other one, not so much. Right out of the gate Stephane Robidas allows a Colorado forwards (can’t remember who exactly I think it was either Matt Duchene or Nathan MacKinnon to get by him on a breakaway which forced Robidas to take a penalty.

We all probably thought that we were in for a tough night after seeing that. However Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk got the Leafs on the board with a beautiful give and go play.

Just when things were looking up for the Leafs with solid play from the third line of David Clarkson, Leo Komarov and Mike Santorelli, Ryan O’Reilly tied the game after all five Leafs players …read more