Fil-Am Robertson makes NHL debut
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 03, 2020 03:25 PM
(Photo courtesy of Toronto Maple Leafs Twitter account: @MapleLeafs)
Filipino-American Nicholas Robertson made his debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League on Monday.
Robertson saw action on ice for 12 and a half minutes in the Maple Leafs’ losing effort against the Columbus Blue Jackets, 0-2, in Game 1 of their best-of-five qualifying round series.
The 18-year-old forward from Arcadia, California, who was drafted by the team with the 53rd overall pick in 2019, logged in one shot on goal.
Cam Atkinson scored early in the third period while Joonas Korpisalo preserved a clean sheet as he stopped 28 shots in his first playoff start for the Blue Jackets’ shutout win.
Korpisalo, who got the nod over rookie Elvis Merzlikins, neutralized one of the NHL's highest scoring teams.
Atkinson's snap shot from the top of the right circle went under Toronto veteran goalie Frederik Andersen’s right arm 1:05 into the third.
Alexander Wennberg sealed the win with an empty-netter with 19 seconds remaining.
Andersen had 34 saves for the Maple Leafs.
The teams opened their series as part of the league's 24-team relaunch to its pandemic-halted 2019-20 season. The game was played at empty Scotiabank Arena in the NHL's return following a 142-day absence.
The Leafs are trying to advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004. They are coming off consecutive first-round, seven-game playoff losses to the Boston Bruins.
The Leafs were eighth in the Eastern Conference at 36-25-9, while the Blue Jackets were ninth with a 33-22-3 mark.
With a report from the Associated Press