Another confounding night from the captain.

Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf gave his critics lots of ammunition with some slow reactions, capped by getting beaten off the rush when Dustin Byfuglien switched to defence in overtime, came in fast and went unchallenged to the middle for the Winnipeg Jets’ winning goal. The crowd hooted and the Jets chided him for avoiding a 265-pound Byfuglien bodycheck that might have required the MTS Centre rink crew to scrape Phaneuf off the boards.

Yet Phaneuf wound up a plus-1, to maintain a team lead of plus-13, scored his first power-play goal of the year and thanks to Phil Kessel’s late third-period goal, preserved the team’s regulation undefeated mark when he gets a point (16-0-3). All in an eventful 27 minutes of ice time that coach Randy Carlyle was comfortable giving him.

There was a reprieve for Cody Franson, too. On the ice for Winnipeg’s first two goals, including Blake Wheeler’s power-play effort when he weaved around Franson, the defenceman made the full extension defending a 2-on-1 that set the table for Kessel’s tying goal.