Lucas Viveiros | Report

The Toronto Maple Leafs made easy work of the New Jersey Devils on Friday evening, stomping them 6-1 at the Hockey Hall of Fame game.

Toronto came out of the gates flying, and forcing an enormous amount of pressure on an inexperienced Devils blue-line, resulting in the first seven shots of the game.

The Maple Leafs found the icebreaker with 7:36 to play in the first period, as Ron Hainsey found himself with time and space above the hashmarks, and calmly found John Tavares backdoor for an easy tap in, making it 1-0 for the Buds.

Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid was forced to make a number of solid stops to end the period, as New Jersey was fortunate to head into the intermission only down by a goal.

Toronto would really put their stamp on this game in the second period, starting with Nazem Kadri’s goal, as after Patrick Marleau stripped the puck from New Jersey d-man Will Butcher, Marleau connected with Kadri on a mid-air pass, and Kadri would fire a quick shot into the top right corner of the net.

Kadri’s goal would be his fifth of the season, with all of those tallies being registered in the last seven games. On the goal, Patrick Marleau would register his 600th career assist.

The Maple Leafs third goal was another beauty of a play all started by Ron Hainsey, who  would make another perfect pass, this time onto the tape of Par Lindholm who then would outwait the Devils defense and slide a tap in to Connor Brown, making it 3-0 Toronto.

After waiting 15 games to register his first goal, (not including an empty net goal) Brown now has goals in back-to-back contests.

New Jersey would finally find the twine at 7:23 of the second period courtesy Travis Zajac. Zajac would score his sixth of the season off of some poor defensive zone coverage by the Maple Leafs as a unit.

Prior to the second intermission, Toronto would bang home a couple of goals in under two minutes, first with Andreas Johnsson finally putting up his first goal of the season.

Then, Morgan Rielly would surpass his goal total from all of last season, scoring his seventh of the year on a seeing-eye shot that Keith Kinkaid failed to track, putting the Leafs up 5-1 after 40 minutes.

The two points seemed to be in the bag after two periods of play, but Toronto still pressed for more.

First, Tyler Ennis would make a nice move to the left of Kinkaid, dancing around the Devils defense and roofing one upstairs with 7:59 to play in the period, making it 6-1 Toronto.

Then, Patrick Marleau thought he had scored to make it 7-1 Buds, but the play was called back on a high stick.

Frederik Andersen would make 38 saves on 39 shots, as Toronto would go on to wrap the game up convincingly, 6-1 being the final score.

Check out the 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame class being honoured before puck drop.

Also, revisit the game’s highlights below.

Next, Toronto will travel to Beantown to take on the Bruins for the first time since being eliminated in seven games by Boston in last years Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Game time is scheduled for 7:00pm from TD Garden, and can be viewed on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

More news from the ice

  • The Maple Leafs are now .500 at home this season, boasting a 5-5-0 record at Scotiabank Arena
  • Toronto is now 10-1-0 when John Tavares registers a point
  • Frederik Andersen has a .962 save percentage in his last five starts
  • Ron Hainsey leads all NHL d-man in plus-minus at +11
  • With his seventh of the season, Morgan Rielly becomes the sixth different d-man in Maple Leafs history to score at least seven goals through the team’s first 16 games of a season

Out of town scoreboard

Friday, November 9

Columbus 2 Washington 1

NY Rangers 2 Detroit 3 (OT)

San Jose 0 St. Louis 4

Colorado 2 Winnipeg 5

Minnesota 5 Anaheim 1


More coverage to follow. Image from SB Nation.

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