Lucas Viveiros | Report
The Toronto Maple Leafs played their most complete 60 minutes together of the season on Saturday night, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 on the road.
With the win, Toronto is now 6-0-0 on the road to start the season, remaining as the only team along with the Nashville Predators to start their first six road games with victories.
The onslaught began under halfway through the first period when Mitch Marner took control of the puck from his own end, skated through the neutral zone and into the attacking end. He then out muscled d-man Chad Ruhwedel, and fired a shot which was tipped by John Tavares on the way through and into the net, making the game 1-0.
Without Auston Matthews apart of this lineup for the foreseeable future it is John Tavares’ bull to take by the horns, and he did so in this game with two points, and by shutting Sidney Crosby down.
The Maple Leafs would finish the first period strong with a few more chances, but nothing to show for it, leading 1-0 after 20 minutes.
But they would come out of the gates flying in the second, lead by former Penguin draft choice Kasperi Kapanen, who would chip the puck by former Maple Leaf Phil Kessel, and lead a two-on-one with Patrick Marleau. Marleau would receive a perfect pass, and calmly outweight Murray, sliding the puck by the outstretched goaltender, and giving the Leafs the 2-0 lead.
Pittsburgh would change goaltender’s briefly, as backup Casey DeSmith would draw in (making two saves on two shots) while Matt Murray was attended to by the trainers for a skate issue.
Almost immediately after Murray returned to the contest, Morgan Rielly would roof one high glove side, off the post and in to extend Toronto’s lead to 3-0.
John Tavares would register another road point on the goal, placing a tape-to-tape pass on Rielly’s stick before the shot was unleashed.
But Rielly wasn’t done there, as he would add the nail to the coffin by smashing one past Murray on the power-play with 4:28 to go in the game, making it 4-0 Toronto.
Zach Hyman would add some salt into the wounds of the Penguins faithful by tallying a goal of his own with under 20 seconds to play.
On the goal, Hyman controlled the puck on a two-on-one with Kapanen, and fired one off of Murray, to which it caromed off of Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist and into the net.
Frederik Andersen recorded his first shutout of the season in the 5-0 victory.
Revisit all of the game’s highlights below.
Next, Toronto will host last season’s Western Conference Champions, the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night.
Game time is scheduled for 7:00pm from Scotiabank Arena, and can be viewed on TSN.
More news from the ice
- The 6-0-0 record on the road to start the season is the first time the Leafs have started a season like that since 1940-41 when they started 7-0-0
- The Maple Leafs are now 4-0-0 when they score the first goal of the game
- Centre John Tavares has 18 points in his last 11 road games (including five games from last season)
- Toronto called up forward Trevor Moore from the Marlies prior to the game, but he was a healthy scratch
- Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson played in his 800th career NHL game
- Penguins forward Carl Hagelin played in his 500th career NHL game
Out of town scoreboard
Saturday, November 3rd
Ottawa 2 Buffalo 9
Tampa Bay 4 Montreal 1
Edmonton 4 Detroit 3
New Jersey 0 NY Islanders 3
Dallas 4 Washington 3 (OT)
Minnesota 5 St. Louis 1
Boston 0 Nashville 1
Carolina 0 Vegas 3
Chicago 3 Calgary 5
Columbus 1 Los Angeles 4
Philadelphia 3 San Jose 4 (OT)
More coverage to follow. Image from Maple Leafs Hot Stove.