Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post
The Toronto Maple Leafs double headed monster of Auston Matthews and William Nylander proved to be too much for the Buffalo Sabres to handle, as the Leafs took the victory 5-2.
Matthews scored his 32nd and 33rd goals of the season, extending his point streak to seven consecutive games.
William Nylander put up his 18th and 19th goals of the campaign, while fellow Swede, Andreas Johnsson also scored (2) in the victory.
It was a game where coach Babcock elected to rest a few of his starters, in hopes for it benefitting the team in the near future.
Regulars Leo Komarov, Kasperi Kapanen, and goaltender Fredrik Andersen all took the night to rest for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in nine days time.
But that would have no side effect in the way the Leafs played, as the team seemed dialled in and all business from the moment the puck dropped.
Leafs goaltender, Curtis McElhinney turned aside 32 of a possible 34 shots in the winning effort, while Sabres net-minder Chad Johnson suffered a rare loss to the Maple Leafs, as he has owned them throughout his career.
The Maple Leafs have two games left on their schedule, starting with a matchup against the red hot Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
Game time is set for 7:00pm from the Prudential Center and can be viewed on TSN4.
More news from the ice
- With the win, the Maple Leafs Leafs tied their franchise record for most points in a season (103)
- Fredrik Andersen has a chance to eclipse the franchise record for most wins by a Leafs goaltender in a single season if he is able to win the final two games (currently 37 co-held by Ed Belfour Andrew Raycroft)
- Toronto is one of two teams in the NHL who have two defensemen with over 50 points (Rielly and Gardiner – Nashville: Josi and Subban)
- After blocking a shot on Saturday, X-rays came back negative for d-man Travis Dermott, meaning he is day-to-day with a bruised foot
- If the Stanley Cup Playoffs began today the Leafs and Lightning would meet in round one with Game 1 starting in Tampa
More coverage to follow. Image from the Toronto Sun.