"His birthday was officially on Monday so I called him on Monday to wish him a happy birthday, and we kind of organized a plan to bring him [to Toronto]", Tavares said of how the plan came together.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux also scored in the shootout.
After spending much of Saturday morning with the team, Kade and his family are expected to stick around Scotioabank Arena for their game against the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday night. Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said Marner will not travel for their game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
Nylander scored the game-tying goal on Saturday about four minutes into the third period, tapping in a Michigan-esque pass from Matthews.
Marner was hurt after falling awkwardly on his right leg off the second period's opening faceoff. His first point came on a secondary assist, which helped the Leafs get into the zone and Dermott cut the lead in half in the second. The 22-year-old struggled mightily to get to the bench and went the locker room. "I don't know if it's a few days or weeks or whatever". He returned during a television timeout to test his ankle, but once again headed off and was done for the night.
Although Chicago is significantly weaker than Toronto, the games between these two teams always seem to be exciting.
"Hopefully he's fine", Dermott said. He had just completed the 11th game of his National Hockey League career, and he had co-starred in a video highlight that would be replayed long after the team charter left town.
The family will be in attendance tonight as the Leafs take on the Philadelphia Flyers.
After giving up two goals on eight shots in the first period, the Danish netminder was a force to be reckoned with for the remainder of the night, able to shut the Flyers out for the final 40 minutes of play.
It's become a birthday to remember for an 11-year-old Maple Leafs fan.
Recognizing immediately that it wasn't meant to be this time and seamlessly switching course to find the stick of Nylander for the equalizer was just another example of Matthews' incredible offensive talent.
After the disappointing turnout for the Corner Brook boy's 11th birthday party, Kade's father, Jason Foster, tweeted a a photo of his son donning a Maple Leafs t-shirt and asking for birthday wishes from Leafs stars John Tavares and Mitch Marner. The players, team, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a number of celebrities responded with an outpouring of online support.