TORONTO (AP) — Peter Holland scored at 2:21 of the third period and James Reimer made 45 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Saturday night.
Reimer made 26 saves in the third period to preserve the win. Nazem Kadri and James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Leafs.
Brad Richards and Brent Seabrook scored power-play goals for Chicago. Corey Crawford, who was making his first start since Oct. 18 because of an upper-body injury, made 24 saves.
On the game’s first shift, the Leafs had a chance to score on Crawford. Tyler Bozak had van Riemsdyk on a 2-on-1 break but waited too long, and Seabrook slid in the way of the pass to break it up.
Less than a minute later, Trevor van Riemsdyk, playing older brother James in a regulation game for the first time, got a shot on net after a drop pass from Patrick Kane. Reimer made the save to keep it scoreless.
At 14:10 of the first, Kadri gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead. Phil Kessel passed the puck to Daniel Winnik, who got it to Kadri in front for the goal, his fourth of the season.
With Sam Carrick — in his NHL debut — in the penalty box for hooking Trevor van Riemsdyk, the Blackhawks tied it. Richards blasted a slap shot from the left faceoff circle short side on Reimer to make it 1-1 at 16:28.
A hooking call on Bozak early in the second led to Chicago’s second power-play goal. Off a pass from Kane, Seabrook fired a one-timer glove side at 4:18 to give the Blackhawks the 2-1 lead.
Sixty-four seconds later at 5:22 of the second, James van Riemsdyk took advantage of a turnover from Johnny Oduya and fired past Crawford to tie it again. It was van Riemsdyk’s 100th goal and 100th point with the Leafs.
Early in the third period, Toronto’s third line took advantage of a strong shift in the offensive zone. Leo Komarov forced a turnover behind the net and passed to an open Holland in front for his first of the season to make it 3-2.
It was Holland’s fourth goal in four games against the Blackhawks and just the 11th of his career.
On a penalty kill a few minutes later, Reimer was fortunate when a shot rang off the crossbar. He also made highlight-reel saves on Andrew Shaw to keep his team ahead.
The Leafs survived another penalty kill in the third, and then Reimer was excellent in keeping the puck out of the net on a scramble with a minute left.
NOTES: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said before the game that Joffrey Lupul will miss three weeks with a broken bone in his right hand. Lupul’s injured hand will remain in a cast for at least 10 days before he can put a glove on it again. … Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson took a puck to the face in the second period. Hjalmarsson, who does not wear a protective visor was cut just below his left eye and left the ice. The game was delayed for a few minutes while blood was cleaned up off the ice. Hjalmarsson returned at the start of the third period wearing a visor. … “O Canada” was performed by 19-year-old Carley Allison, a survivor of trachea cancer who is battling double lung cancer. … During the second period, PA announcer Andy Frost offered the team’s well-wishes to Gordie Howe, who’s recovering from a serious stroke. Arena video boards featured the message: “Stay Strong Mr. Hockey.”
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