Lucas Viveiros | Report
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Monday night, lead by a pair of reigning Calder Cup Champions in Kasperi Kapanen with two goals and Garret Sparks with 33 saves on 34 shots.
Kapanen found the score sheet early, just 46 seconds in, banking a shot from behind the net and off of Kings goaltender Jack Campbell and in.
On the goal Matthews registered an assist, extending his season starting point streak to seven straight contests.
The Leafs also made the Kings pay before the end of the period, as Patrick Marleau struck on the Buds second power-play unit with only 22 seconds remaining in the first period.
On the play, Marleau corralled a pass from Josh Levio and patiently out waited Campbell to slide one low, far side to give the Leafs a 2-0 lead.
Toronto took that two goal lead into the middle period, before Ilya Kovalchuk struck for Los Angeles’ only tally of the game 3:38 into the second period.
Garret Sparks would make a few big time stops following the goal, including one where he stoned Kings winger Tyler Toffoli with his blocker.
Then Toronto’s high octane offense would strike just under five minutes later on a highlight reel rush started by Zach Hyman protecting the puck from Kings d-men Drew Doughty and former Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.
John Tavares skillfully picked up the puck, eluding the d-men and slid a tape to tape feed to Marner who restored the Maple Leafs two goal cushion.
That’s the way the game would stand at 3-1 heading into the final period of play.
To put the icing on the cake of another Leaf victory, Kasperi Kapanen would finish on a patient backhand, after he was left all alone in front because of the poise of Auston Matthews to out-battle the stick and body of Doughty.
Check out the play below.
Also revisit all of the game’s highlights below.
Next the Maple Leafs will play host to Sidney Crosby and the Penguins this Thursday evening aiming for their sixth straight victory.
Puck drop is set for 7:00pm from Scotiabank Arena, and can be viewed on TSN4.
More news from the ice
- Auston Matthews in only the fifth player in NHL history to start a season with seven straight multi-point contests (Mario Lemieux, Kevin Stevens, Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky)
- This was the first game of the season Matthews did not register a goal
- Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen did not play due to a knee injury which coach Babcock said is day-to-day
- Winger Kasperi Kapanen has all eight of his points (four goals, four assists) since moving to Matthews line during the game against the Blackhawks
- Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick missed his fifth straight game with a lower-body injury
Out of town scoreboard
Detroit 3 Montreal 7
Dallas 1 Ottawa 4
Minnesota 2 Nashville 4
More coverage to follow. Image from NHL.com