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Feb 7, 2024 10:06 pm

Power-play success pushes Leafs past Stars

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William Nylander had two goals and an assist and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting Dallas Stars 5-4 Wednesday night.

John Tavares added a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs, who were 3-for-3 on the power play and have won four of their last five games. Auston Matthews added a goal and an assist and Mitchell Marner also scored.

Ilya Samsonov made 27 saves.

Evgenii Dadonov scored twice — one on a penalty shot — for the Stars, who had their four-game winning streak end. Jamie Benn and Wyatt Johnston also scored.

Scott Wedgewood stopped 26 shots.

Nylander scored his 24th goal of the season on a shot through a double screen from the edge of the left circle. Morgan Rielly’s pass set up the power-play goal at 6:34 of the first period with Joel Hanley serving a high-sticking penalty.

Benn scored his ninth goal of the season on a 16-foot shot during a power play at 15:42 of the first. Joe Pavelski made the final pass. Tyler Bertuzzi was off for high-sticking.

A Toronto turnover at the Dallas blue line and Ty Dellandrea’s pass started a rush that resulted in Dadonov’s 11th goal of the season at 17:23 of the first and a 2-1 Stars lead.

Dallas had a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal after the first period.

Tavares tied the game at 2-2, scoring his 15th goal of the season from the slot at 3:40 of the second period on a power play with Tyler Seguin off for hooking.

Matthews forced a turnover and scored his 41st goal when his shot was deflected by a Dallas player during a power play at 12:37 of the second. Miro Heiskanen was off for hooking.

Dallas led 22-16 in shots on goal after two periods.

Dadonov scored on a penalty shot at 11:02 of the third period, his 12th goal of the season, to tie it at 3-3.

Toronto regained the lead on Marner’s 22nd of the season 32 seconds later, and Nylander added his 25th goal of the season 20 seconds after that to make it 5-3.

Johnston scored his 15th goal at 18:35 of the third with Wedgewood off for an extra attacker.

–Field Level Media

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