LOS ANGELES — The best way the Toronto Maple Leafs performed on Thanksgiving Eve, you’d must surprise if Justin Bieber had promised them a turducken feast for a win.
Laying down their most decisive street victory of the season, the Leafs’ offence shone brighter than the house group’s blindingly silver helmets.
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In defeating the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 Wednesday evening, 11 Maple Leafs etched their names on a busy scoresheet. Wayne Simmonds, Rasmus Sandin, Pierre Engvall, T.J. Brodie, Auston Matthews and John Tavares all threw down multi-point performances. And Matthews notched his first 5-on-5 aim in 10 video games, his longest such drought since he was a moustache-free rookie.
“If the possibilities proceed to return, they’ll drop,” an unflustered Matthews mentioned Tuesday. “So, it is only a matter of time and staying optimistic. We’re profitable video games, and that is all that actually issues.”
Since turning the 18-wheeler off the cliff’s edge in Chicago a month in the past, Toronto has been on a gentle climb up the mountain. Winners of 12 of its previous 14 video games, the holes in Toronto’s recreation are getting more and more tough to enlarge.
Jack Campbell, taking part in at an all-world stage, gained in an emotional return to L.A. and evened his head-to-head rating with mentor Jonathan Fast.
The stingy defence and penalty kill price top-three leaguewide in targets allowed.
And, as Wednesday reminded, they’ve sufficient talent to stuff the online. The Leafs’ six targets and 5 at even-strength sign their highest totals in any recreation this season.
Underlying numbers would counsel they had been due for a goal-a-palooza like this.
“We have actually defaulted to the defensive aspect of the puck much more of late, as a result of that is mandatory for us,” coach Sheldon Keefe mentioned previous to puck drop. “We needed to plug some holes defensively, and our guys have achieved that. However that is no excuse for us offensively.
“We now have extra of a defensive mindset and we have led in quite a lot of video games, and we have been defending leads, however we’d like to have the ability to do each. We need to be a terrific group. We received to have the ability to do each in order that’s our continued focus: generate extra possibilities and make good on those we do get, however do not sacrifice defensively.”
The one defensive sacrifice on this one was shutdown centre David Kampf, who left the sport within the first interval and didn’t return for precautionary causes.
Rasmus Kupari’s shoulder drilled Kämpf within the head, and the important third-liner was sluggish to stand up earlier than heading to the dressing room. Kupari was known as for a tripping minor, however we’d count on participant security to take a peek.
The Maple Leafs’ revenge tour flies subsequent to San Jose, the place they’ll tackle the Sharks Friday.
Fox’s Quick 5
• Sean Durzi was cheered on in his NHL debut by the boys he left behind. The Ontario Reign fired up the Kings recreation throughout a group Thanksgiving dinner and received to have fun the offensive defenceman’s first NHL level, then his first NHL aim:
• King-turned-Leaf-turned-Blue-turned-Leaf Kyle Clifford took warmups in his outdated barn for funskis. Why did his Toronto sweater quantity change from 73 to 43?
“It is my children’ birthdays added collectively,” Clifford defined.
• Kings No. 1 D-man and Group Canada hopeful Drew Doughty (knee) sported a yes-contact sweater Wednesday. Phrase is he might probably return Saturday versus Ottawa or Tuesday versus Anaheim. Both method, it’ll be weeks forward of schedule.
• Matthews’ moustache will stay unshaven till the top of the month. He’s raised $142,000 and counting for Movember.
“I really feel actually humbled with all of the assist and with the ability to elevate sufficient cash to achieve that aim. I am very happy to shave it off for trigger,” Matthews mentioned.
Is there a second moustache in his future?
“I feel so, yeah.”
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