Matthews celebrates his game-tying power-play goal in the 3rd period. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Pacioretty, who entered with 19 objectives in 40 career video games versus the Leafs from his 10 seasons with Montreal, broke a 0-0 tie at 4:08 of the 3rd on a gift from defenceman Cody Ceci.

Nick Holden's point shot rattled around the slot and fell to Ceci, who attempted to clear the puck, however instead swept it right to Pacioretty for his 4th.

"They're a genuine great group," stated Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, who ended up being the 8th coach in NHL history to win 700 regular-season games. "I thought we were better in the first, I thought they were better in the second.

"And I didn't believe there was much to pick between the teams in the 3rd."

Late penalty nearly dooms Leafs

Toronto was whistled for too many men on the ice with 1:21 left in policy, however the Leafs held at 5-on-4 thanks to 2 late saves from Andersen on Jonathan Marchessault, and then for another 39 seconds at 4-on-3 in OT-- including that excellent stop on Karlsson.

"Felt like the puck was following me a bit," Andersen stated. "There's different nights where the puck appears to bounce your method."

Pacioretty hit both posts on a Vegas power play early in the second prior to Andersen robbed Shea Theodore with a great glove save money on the very same man benefit.

only to be rejected by the Leafs'netminder, whose group went almost 15 minutes between shots on objective from completion of the first into the second. Vegas came close to grabbing an early lead on the game's first shift when Reilly Smith

's shot of the rush rattled the crossbar over Andersen's ideal shoulder. Toronto's power play got two opportunities in the opening period, however Subban and the Knights held firm regardless of some sustained pressure. The Leafs can be found in having actually quit at least one man-advantage goal against in 11 of 16 video games this season, and in eight

of their last nine, but managed to stave off a late Vegas chance."We had some genuine excellent power plays, however didn't score, "Babcock said." We had a couple that were tough to watch.

"In the end, we were lucky to win the special teams fight. " <aTavares, Matthews rating in Leafs' OT win versus Golden Knights:

Frederik Andersen was outstanding in making 37 saves, including a substantial stop on William Karlsson on a power play in OT, as Toronto (9-5-3) won a 3rd straight game for the first time this season.

"By far our best player," Matthews stated of his goalie. "He just kept us in it."

Max Pacioretty responded for Vegas (9-5-3), which got 35 saves from Malcolm Subban in the Toronto local's first NHL start in his home town.

"It would have been good to get the win," said Subban, the more youthful bro of New Jersey Devils defenceman P.K. Subban. "But it was excellent to lastly play here."

Marner's sweet feed

Matching up for his second video game back after missing seven with a broken finger, Tavares beat Subban in the additional duration after taking a feed from Mitch Marner on a 2-on-1 for his 4th goal of the season.

"I'm simply trying to get available and make the [passing] lane as simple as I can," Tavares said. "Just tried to reward a great play."

Matthews scored on the power play at 8:14 of the third after wheeling off the boards and ripping his 13th over Subban's shoulder, off the crossbar and in as the Leafs lastly connected versus the NHL's No. 2 charge kill.

"At times I believe our execution wasn't terrific," Tavares said of Toronto's play up a male. "But I believe we also had a lot of search internet, we put a great deal of pucks there and in some cases it's simply getting those second and 3rd opportunities.

"You get [Matthews] inside the dots and there is no better shooter."

Let's move around, let's get the charge kill thinking more,"' Matthews said of his team's power play."At times I believe our execution wasn't excellent," Tavares stated of Toronto's play up a man."They're a genuine great team," said Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, who ended up being the eighth coach in NHL history to win 700 regular-season games. Toronto's power play got two opportunities in the opening duration, but Subban and the Knights held firm regardless of some continual pressure."We had some real excellent power plays, but didn't score, "Babcock stated.