NEWARK, N.J. – Tyler Bozak became the second player in Toronto Maple Leafs’ history to score a goal with his team skating two men short.
Thirty one years after Darryl Sittler’s feat, Bozak matched it when he beat Martin Brodeur with Toronto skating 3-on-5 at 12:42 of the third period Wednesday night.
Bozak lost a faceoff in his own end, but pushed the puck past Brian Rolston at the point and beat Brodeur with a backhander on a breakaway for his 15th goal. It cut the Devils’ lead to 3-2, but New Jersey went on to win 4-2.
“I have missed quite a few short-handed breakaways this season,” said Bozak, who lost the faceoff in his own end on the play. “I can’t tell you what I did. I went in there and thought I’d go backhand, and it worked.”
Sittler scored 3-on-5 on March 19, 1980, in a 9-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire couldn’t recall his team giving up goal with a two-man advantage.
“It’s hard to take because first of all we struggle on the power play,” he said. “When you let a goal up, it makes it worse.”