JVR's Hat-Trick helps In Leaf's Shoot-Out Win

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A recap of last night's Dallas/Toronto game.

James Van Riemsdyk scores a hat-trick in 6-5 win over Dallas.


It was a wild night in Toronto as the Maple Leafs defated the Dallas Stars 6-5 in a shoot-out.

There was some bad news for the Leafs, though.

Starting goaltender, Frederik Andersen was removed from the game in the second period after suffering an upper body injury.

Andersen is listed day to day.

Curtis McElhinney took over goal tending duties.

Things started out good for the Leafs last night when Nazem Kadri and James Van Riemsdyk scored two quick goals in the first period.

It seemed as if the Leafs were going to walk all over the Stars.

At 14:29, though, Jamie Benn put Dallas on the scoreboard.

Radek Paksa tied the game at 16:01.

Dallas went ahead 4-2 in the second period with goals by Tyler Seguin and Remi Elle.

Things looked bleak for the Leafs going into the third period.

A little over five minutes into the third period, Van Riemsdyk scored to close the gap at 4-3.

At 10:43, JVR. completed the hat-trick on the powerplay.

Brett Ritchie put Dallas ahead again at 13:18.

 With under a minute to go in regulation, it looked as if Toronto was headed for a loss.

At 19:44, however, Patrick Marleau tied the game.

Nothing happened in overtime.  As a result, the game went to a shoot-out.

Mitch Marner scored the winning goal for the Leafs in the shoot-out.

Seguin ended the night with three points, (1 goal, two assists).

Toronto's Tyler Bozak and Marner had two assists last night.

Toronto travels to Buffalo to face the Sabres tonight. 

Submitted: March 15, 2018

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