Andersen leads Maple Leafs to 3-2 win over Kings with 36 saves
Toronto Maple Leafs centre Mitchell Marner (16) carries the puck into the offensive zone as Los Angeles Kings centre Nick Shore (21) defends during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Monday, October 23, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Kyle Cicerella, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, October 23, 2017 10:16PM EDT
TORONTO -- Frederik Andersen made 36 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Los Angeles Kings their first regulation-time loss of the season with a 3-2 victory on Monday.
Matt Martin, Tyler Bozak and Patrick Marleau scored for the Maple Leafs (7-2-0).
Adrian Kempe and Trevor Lewis scored for the Kings (6-1-1), who entered on a four-game win streak.
Toronto defenceman Roman Polak made his season debut after signing a one-year $US1.1 million deal on Sunday. He had one assist and played 12-plus minutes.
Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots in defeat.
Mitch Marner's effort off the rush led to the game's opening goal 5:46 into the contest.
Marner entered the zone and curled behind the net before teeing up Polak for a one-timer from the blue line that Martin deflected past Quick from the top of the crease.
The Kings took momentum back after the goal and hemmed the Leafs in their zone for the majority of a two-minute minor, but couldn't beat Andersen despite getting eight straight shots on net after the Martin goal.
Quick took an errant elbow from teammate Derek Forbort with 2:59 remaining in the first period and clutched his head briefly, but continued on.
With 1:11 to go in the period, however, Quick was forced off the ice, presumably, for concussion protocol by either the in-arena spotter or central league spotter. He returned to the ice at the next whistle without going to the locker room, though, only visiting with the team trainer in the tunnel to the room. He missed just 36 seconds of game action while replaced by Darcy Kuemper.
Toronto led 1-0 after 20, but it was L.A. that controlled much of the period, outshooting the Leafs 17-10.
The Kings continued to create chances early in the second and Andersen hit the 20-save mark with 16 minutes to still play in the period. The Leafs had some chances of their own halted by Quick, but the Kings were still on pace for a 50-shot night halfway through.
Nylander drew a penalty that turned into a 2-0 Toronto lead only eight seconds into the power play when Bozak jammed home a rebound with 5:15 to play in the second. Marner earned an assist, his second of the night.
The two-goal lead didn't last long as Kempe beat Andersen under the right arm with a wrist shot 57 seconds later that the Leafs goalie would have liked to have had back.
Drew Doughty got cut on the nose by Patrick Marleau's skate midway through the second but was OK to play on once the bleeding stopped.
The Kings held a 29-24 shot advantage through 40 minutes.
Marner scored early in the third, but it was instantly waived off for incidental contact on Quick, who was taken out of the play by a sliding Martin. Leafs coach Mike Babcock challenged the call and lost.
Marleau scored 26 seconds later with a deflection that went to review for a high stick, but the call stood and it was 3-1 Leafs 2:46 into the third.
Lewis cut into Toronto's lead with a short-handed goal with 7:41 to go, getting alone on Andersen before sneaking the puck through his pads.
Any chance of a comeback was halted when Quick took a minor for interference with 2:05 to play.
Notes: Leafs forward Eric Fehr was placed on waivers earlier in the day... Polak replaced Connor Carrick on defence.