Freaky 3-on-5 goal helps Devils beat Leafs, remain unbeaten

Annette Crawford
October 12, 2017

The Devils benefited from a freakish 3-on-5 short-handed goal from Brian Gibbons to fuel a three-goal run between the second and third periods, allowing them to take control in a 6-3 win over the Leafs on Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre.

The Maple Leafs have 10 players averaging at least a point per game through their first three outings - but no player has more than five points. The Devils are a +170 underdog and the over-under is 6.

Trailing 3-2 in the second period, the Leafs were presented with a golden scoring opportunity with a two-minute 5-on-3 power play in the second period.

The Maple Leafs come in as sizeable favorites in this one, and that really shouldn't surprise anyone. Toronto improved to 3-0-0 Monday with a 4-3 overtime home win over the Blackhawks.

The Devils have now scored six goals in two straight contests as they topped Buffalo 6-2 on Monday. Cory Schneider made 23 saves to earn the win.

Matthews scored the overtime victor, breaking down the right side of the ice on a two-on-one rush and firing a flawless wrist shot over the shoulder of back-up goalie Anton Forsberg to give the Maple Leafs a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown and James van Riemsdyk each had one goal. Frederik Andersen made 25 saves.

Trust in Auston Matthews.

Devils play-by-play announcer Steve Cangialosi cautions that despite a strong start, New Jersey supporters shouldn't get too excited just yet for this year's team. We believe it will continue Wednesday night as Matthews has plenty of firepower around him.

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