Nazem Kadri’s overtime winning goal during Tuesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers was a thing of beauty.
With the score tied at 2-2 and overtime just getting started, the Toronto Maple Leafs had control of the puck early on and looked to press a quick attack. Morgan Rielly was able to send a hard pass over to Kadri who was skating towards the goal and appeared to have a clear path to the net.
In an attempt to get control of the puck, Kadri got into a shoving match with Oilers captain, Connor McDavid, in an attempt to spring loose. With enough effort, Kadri was able to get the puck on his stick and deked out goalie Cam Talbot for his 2nd goal of the game; winning it for the Leafs, 3-2, in the first 12 seconds of OT.
Another look at the Kadri winner pic.twitter.com/YauYQOvVHb
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Kadri, 26, entered this season as a veteran on a Leafs team hoping to find their identity and bring a sense of excitement back to Toronto. As of November 2, the centreman has 5 goals, 3 assists, and 8 points in 10 games played. Standing at 6-foot-0 and 195 pounds, Kadri has the tools to be an effective two-way player as the Leafs continue their rebuild.
With the win, the Leafs improved their record to 3-4-3, leaving them tied for 7th in the Atlantic Division. They will get the day off before heading south of the border to face the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, with the start time at 7:00 p.m. EST.
All stats for this article are from Hockey-Reference.com.
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