Frederik Andersen made 36 saves to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Connor Brown, Mitch Marner and Nazem Kadri scored for Toronto (10-5-0). Brown also had an assist.
Cody Eakin scored for Vegas (6-8-1), which got 18 stops from Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Knights were by far the better team through two periods and had a couple of opportunities to tie it early in the third down 2-1 only to have Andersen shut the door.
Patrick Marleau nearly made it 3-1 for Toronto moments later off a pass from Kasperi Kapanen on a 2-on-1 rush, but the veteran flubbed his shot wide.
The Knights got forward Max Pacioretty back from an upper-body injury but are still without center Paul Stastny. They lost another forward when Erik Haula went down with an apparent right leg injury five minutes into the third.
Haula, who collided with Marleau along the boards, stayed down for a few minutes as he was attended to by trainers from both teams before being stretchered off.
The Knights’ power play, which came in ranked 28th, got a chance with under nine minutes left in regulation when Jake Gardiner went off for slashing, but it was unable to score.
Fleury made nice stops on Marner and John Tavares before Andersen stopped Rielly Smith’s effort from the goal line with his arm and body with 2:33 left.
Vegas kept its foot on the gas with Fleury on the bench for an extra attacker, but couldn’t get much in the way of pressure before Kadri scored his fourth into an empty net with 34.1 seconds left.
NOTES: Brown’s only other goal this season was into an empty net. … Stastny (lower-body injury) is expected to be out another month. UP NEXT
Golden Knights: Pacioretty returns to Montreal for the first time in a game Saturday night.
Maple Leafs: Visits Ottawa on Thursday night.
Source: The Associated Press