Avalanche Falls 3-2 To Leafs In OT | Tuesday, 10.14.2014 / 10:39 PM

TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs earned their first win of the season at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday, a 3-2 overtime victory against the Colorado Avalanche.

Phil Kessel’s goal at 34 seconds of overtime gave the Maple Leafs the win. Kessel broke hard to the net around Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie from the left wing and swept a shot past goalie Semyon Varlamov.

The Avalanche (1-2-1) continues its four-game road trip with games against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday and Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Toronto’s top line of Kessel, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk, which combined for seven points in the Maple Leafs’ win in New York, got things rolling with a goal at 9:54 of the first period. Kessel fed van Riemsdyk in tight, and the big left wing snapped a high shot past Varlamov for his second goal.

With Toronto muffing on a handful of clearing opportunities, Colorado eventually took advantage to tie the score. Ryan O’Reilly set up behind the Maple Leafs net and spotted right wing Jarome Iginla in front. Iginla’s shot was stopped, but O’Reilly stepped to the side of the net, corralled the rebound and beat Toronto goalie James Reimer for his first goal of the season at 13:14 of the first period.

The Maple Leafs outshot the Avalanche 16-7 in the second period, but it was Colorado taking the 2-1 lead when Iginla set up Matt Duchene in the high slot. Duchene drilled a shot that hit the crossbar and went in for his first goal of the season.

Duchene missed a glorious opportunity to put the Avalanche up by two goals early in the third period when he intercepted a pass by Maple Leafs defenseman Stephane Robidas and broke in alone from center ice. Robidas recovered to get a stick on Duchene, but the Colorado center got a shot off that Reimer stopped.

Colorado defenseman Brad Stuart’s clearing attempt midway through the period was intercepted by Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul, who drilled a shot between Varlamov’s legs to tie the game at 10:36. On the next shift, Lupul was set up in front, but Varlamov stopped his hard shot.

A minute later, Kessel broke in alone, but Varlamov again made the save. Varlamov stopped 37 shots on the night. contributed to this story.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
09:54TOR James van Riemsdyk (2) ASST: Phil Kessel (3), Tyler Bozak (2) 1 - 0 TOR
13:14COL Ryan O'Reilly (1) ASST: Jarome Iginla (1), Erik Johnson (1) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
17:40COL Matt Duchene (1) ASST: Jarome Iginla (2), Jamie McGinn (1) 2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
10:36TOR Joffrey Lupul (2) ASST: NONE 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
00:34TOR Phil Kessel (2) ASST: Tyler Bozak (3), Dion Phaneuf (3) 3 - 2 TOR
Three Stars of the Game
Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:01
Joffrey Lupul
Joffrey Lupul
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 6
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 19:21
Matt Duchene
Matt Duchene
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 19:17
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:13TOR Stephane Robidas  Hooking against  Jamie McGinn
07:03COL Gabriel Landeskog  Tripping against  Nazem Kadri
2nd Period
06:26COL Jamie McGinn  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
06:26TOR Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Jarome Iginla
06:26COL Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
10:54TOR Joffrey Lupul  Interference against  Ryan O'Reilly
12:30COL Jarome Iginla  Slashing against  Daniel Winnik
18:30COL Nick Holden  Slashing against  David Clarkson
3rd Period
14:23TOR James Reimer  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:53COL Alex Tanguay  Holding against  Brandon Kozun
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/30/5
Faceoff Wins2535
Blocked Shots1916
Penalty Minutes128
2N. HoldenD0000222:08
4T. BarrieD00-11016:55
5N. GueninD00-11017:29
6E. JohnsonD0113026:27
8J. HejdaD00-10017:51
9M. DucheneC10-13019:17
11J. McGinnL0100213:21
12J. IginlaR0211418:33
17B. StuartD0000019:18
24M. ClicheC0002010:23
25M. TalbotC0000010:48
29N. MacKinnonC00-12013:20
40A. TanguayL0001214:15
45D. EverbergR00-13013:03
48D. BriereC0000013:04
55C. McLeodL0000010:26
90R. O'ReillyC1004020:12
92G. LandeskogL0003215:26
1S. Varlamov3740.92560:34
3D. PhaneufD0121224:18
4C. FransonD0017021:23
12S. RobidasD0001213:28
18R. PanikL000004:44
19J. LupulL1003219:21
21J. van RiemsdykL1005019:30
24P. HollandC000104:31
25M. SantorelliC0002011:37
26D. WinnikL0012018:23
42T. BozakC0213019:43
43N. KadriC0003020:15
44M. RiellyD0010018:10
46R. PolakD00-10020:21
47L. KomarovC0002014:32
50S. PercyD00-12023:34
67B. KozunR000005:50
71D. ClarksonR0002015:51
81P. KesselR1106021:01
34J. Reimer2224.91760:18