The son of one of the notorious Hanson brothers from the movie Slap Shot scored his first NHL goal, and Martin Gerber had 47 saves as the Maple Leafs beat the suddenly inconsistent New Jersey Devils 4-1 last night.
Christian Hanson, the son of former hockey player turned actor Dave Hanson, capped a stunning three-goal first period as the Maple Leafs prevented New Jersey — at least momentarily — from wrapping up its eighth Atlantic Division title, and third in four years.
Mikhail Grabovski, Jeff Hamilton and John Mitchell also scored for Toronto, which won for only the second time in six games.
Gerber had given up 12 goals in his last two starts and the Maple Leafs allowed 14 in the same span.
The goal by the Notre Dame product wasn’t a slapshot, however. The 23-year-old, who was playing in his third NHL game, calmly backhanded a rebound of Jason Blake’s shot past Brodeur.