Maple Leafs surprise 11-year-old fan with birthday party

Jose Verdugo
Noviembre 10, 2019

Not only that, but the 6-0, 196-pound center scored the Leafs' lone shootout tally, showing off impressive dekes, patience and scoring prowess to give Toronto a shot at victory. Auston Matthews finished the night with two assists, while Frederik Andersen made 30 saves.

"It's a big two points".

And of course, the 22-year-old was able to contribute in style on Saturday.

Although Chicago is significantly weaker than Toronto, the games between these two teams always seem to be exciting. "We had opportunity, they had opportunity".

Nylander scored the game-tying goal on Saturday about four minutes into the third period, tapping in a Michigan-esque pass from Matthews.

"I hope he's alright", he said. "We were able to get to overtime, but obviously you want that extra point, especially with how hard we worked to get back".

Nylander tied the game 2-2 at 3:58 of the third when scored from the top of the goal crease off a pass from Matthews from behind the net.

In the highlight - which looks more painful the slower it is played - Marner's left leg kicks out as he falls to the ice, and his right foot is stuck behind. He returned during a television timeout to test his ankle, but once again headed off and was done for the night.

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"Hopefully he's fine", Dermott said.

Philadelphia led 2-0 after the first, but Toronto got on the board at 10:11 of the second when Nylander found Dermott off the rush. He had just completed the 11th game of his National Hockey League career, and he had co-starred in a video highlight that would be replayed long after the team charter left town.

The Flyers connected on their second power play late in the first when Lindblom deftly deflected Travis Konecny's shot at the side off the net for his eighth at 1:32 before the Leafs eventually made a push without Marner.

Recognizing immediately that it wasn't meant to be this time and seamlessly switching course to find the stick of Nylander for the equalizer was just another example of Matthews' incredible offensive talent.

Kade Foster's story went viral last week after his father took to Twitter asking for birthday wishes for his son after the boy's party did not go as planned.

Many Maple Leafs players, including John Tavares, Mitch Marner, and Morgan Rielly, responded to wish Foster a happy birthday.

Within a few hours, the tweet got tens of thousands of likes and retweets, reaching everyone from actors Mark Hamill and Ben Stiller to Prime Minster Justin Trudeau.

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