In a rematch of last year’s ridiculously entertaining first round playoff matchup, the high-flying Maple Leafs skated away with a 2-0 victory over the Caps on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. The Caps are now 3-3-1 on the season.
Here are Tarik’s three stars of the game.
1-Connor Brown, Maple Leafs
Most people had Brown scoring the decisive goal, right? The winger started the season on the fourth line but was promoted to the third line ahead of this game—and he made the most of the opportunity. At 5:53 of the third period, Brown fought off Evgeny Kuznetsov, pounced on a rebound and pounded the puck between Braden Holtby’s pads. Interestingly, the Leafs came into the game leading the league in goals per at 5.20.
2-Braden Holtby, Capitals
The Caps’ starter did all he could, turning away 28 of 29 shots he faced. Holts was at his best on the penalty kill, where he stopped all three shots the Leafs put on him. His best save of the game likely came in the opening moments of the game—a right pad stop on James van Riemsdyk, who was looking to finish a 2-on-1.
3-John Carlson, Capitals
With Matt Niskanen week-to-week with an upper body injury, the minutes load has fallen on No. 74’s shoulders. And it did again vs. Toronto. Carlson finished with 27:33 of ice time. He also had a couple of good looks early on but he couldn’t finish.
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Gordon Hayward made his Celtics debut on Tuesday night as Boston took on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.
But Hayward's game, and possibly season, came to an end in the first half after the former Jazz small forward suffered a gruesome leg injury.
With the Celtics trailing by 12 in the first quarter, Hayward landed awkwardly under the Celtics basket and his left leg snapped in grotesque fashion, like Paul George's leg did during the summer of 2015.
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To watch the gruesome injury, you can click here. Trust us, it's not good.
You could hear a player on the braodcast scream "He broke his leg. He broke his leg."
Players, both Cavaliers and Celtics, huddled up, hoping for the best.
Marcin Gortat and Bradley Beal are two of the many players to issue the kindest respects following the awful injury.
Praying for GH.... omg.... nasty look— Marcin Gortat🇵🇱 (@MGortat) October 18, 2017
Prayers up for Gordon Hayward !!! 🙏🏽— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) October 18, 2017
The Wizards make their season debut on Wednesday when they host the Philadelphia 76ers at Capital One Center.
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