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Leafs offence leads the way in dismantlement of Devils

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Friday evening.

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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


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Strong first half pushes Raptors to beat Jazz

The Toronto Raptors began December with a 130-110 win against the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

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The Toronto Raptors began December with a 130-110 win against the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

The Raptors scored a season-best 77 points in the first half. They were up a franchise-best 40 points at halftime. They also allowed a season-worst with the most points conceded in one quarter when Utah scored 49 in the third.

Pascal Siakam had 35 points in 35 minutes, along with five assists and five rebounds. Fred VanVleet recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists. Norman Powell scored 15.

Serge Ibaka returned from injury after missing just over three weeks of action, he scored 13 points. Terence Davis had 13 points as well. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and OG Anunoby scored 10 points apiece.

Mike Conley led the Jazz with 20 points, Jeff Green scored 19 points in 15 minutes off the bench.

Donovan Mitchell had 16 points, and Rudy Gobert recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 11.

Here are some of the Raptors highlights of the night:

Head coach Nick Nurse was named the eastern conference coach of the month on Tuesday. This award was given to him for the games played in October and November, as he coached the Raptors to a current record of 14-4.

The Raptors host the Miami Heat at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.

Tip-off is set for 7:30.


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Powell scores career-high, Raptors win in Orlando

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 90-83 on Friday.

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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 90-83 on Friday.

The game in Orlando was Nick Nurse’s 100th regular season game as an NBA coach.

Norman Powell led the Raptors with 33 points, a career high for the former UCLA Bruin.

Fred VanVleet scored 22, and had five rebounds, four assists and a career-high seven steals.

Pascal Siakam recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Chris Boucher scored seven, while Marc Gasol and Ronade Hollis-Jefferson had six points apiece.

Evan Fournier led the Magic with 18 points. Former first-overall draft pick Markelle Fultz scored 15.

Mo Bamba had 11 points and seven boards off the bench. Canadian Khem Birch had four points and 12 rebounds.

Hollis-Jefferson had a couple of accurate assists to help his teammates in the paint.

19 of Powell’s 33 points in the game came in the third quarter. Here are his highlights:

The Raptors return home for three games, with the first one being on Sunday against the Utah Jazz.

Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Scotiabank Arena.


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Raptors bench shines in victory against Knicks

The Toronto Raptors defeated the New York Knicks 126-98 on Wednesday.

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The Toronto Raptors defeated the New York Knicks 126-98 on Wednesday.

Toronto have started their season 8-0 at home for the first time in franchise history.

With this win, the Raptors now own the longest home win streak vs. division opponents.

Pascal Siakam scored 31 points and had eight rebounds. The Raptors typically have success whenever Siakam has scored 30+ points in a game.

Fred VanVleet had 15 points, while OG Anunoby recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Raptors bench contributed with 57 points from five players.

Terence Davis scored 15, Malcom Miller had 13 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc. Chris Boucher recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 12.

Shamorie Ponds made his NBA debut and scored four points.

Knicks rookie and Toronto native RJ Barrett made his home debut and scored 16 points. Julius Randle had 19 points and eight rebounds. Allonzo Trier scored 10 off the bench.

Canada Basketball is on the rise, and this game was historic for both Canada and the NBA.

The four Canadians that featured in this game were Chris Boucher, Oshae Brissett, Ignas Brazdeikis and RJ Barrett.

A couple of the highlights of the night included VanVleet weaving his way through the New York defence, and Marc Gasol draining a three from deep.

The Raptors end off November with a trip to Orlando to play the Magic on Friday.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Amway Center.


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