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Leafs power play helps them cruise by Kings

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Los Angeles Kings by a final score of 5-1 on Tuesday night.



Lucas Viveiros | Report

The Toronto Maple Leafs bounced back after a tough defeat Saturday evening, slamming the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Much like Saturday the Buds were first to the puck, and dictated the pace of play in the first period.

But Tuesday the result would be different, as the Leafs would be rewarded with a power play goal only 2:42 into the first period.

On the icebreaker Rielly, Marner, and Tavares crafted a beautiful passing play, with Nazem Kadri being the final recipient, and registering his sixth of the season.

The Leafs power-play would prove too much for the Kings yet again just 3:30 later, when John Tavares would tip a Rielly wristshot past Peter Budaj, making it 2-0 Toronto.

L.A. would get on the board with 5:32 to play in the period, as Adrian Kempe would tip home just his second goal in his last 50 games, cutting the Leafs lead in half heading into the second period.

Unfortunately for the Kings, the middle frame would see the Buds dominate the flow of the game even more, cruising easily to the two points.

First, Morgan Rielly would add to his hot start to the season, tallying his eighth off of a nice feed from Tavares, restoring the Leafs two goal lead.

Just over three minutes later Andreas Johnsson would chip in his second of the season to put Toronto’s lead at 4-1, yanking Peter Budaj out of the game.

This would see the L.A. Kings call upon Calvin Petersen to make his NHL debut. Peterson is the Kings fourth rated goalie on their depth chart, but found himself in this game because of injuries sustained to Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell.

Peterson would make a number of spectacular saves throughout the rest of the game, including a huge stop on a power-play chance from Tyler Ennis with 13:01 to play in the second.

But the Leafs were fortunate to get one more goal to wrap up the 5-1 victory. On the goal Leafs forward Nazem Kadri would jam home his second of the game and seventh of the season on another Leaf power play, further cementing L.A. at the bottom of the league.

Revisit the game’s highlights below.

Next Toronto will trek onto their second stop of their road trip in California, taking on the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

Game time is scheduled for 10:30pm from the SAP Center, and can be watched on Sportsnet.

More news from the ice

  • Leafs D-man Travis Dermott registered his first point since the season opener on October 3rd
  • Former Maple Leaf Dion Phaneuf scored his first point in 17 games this season
  • Kings goaltender Calvin Peterson is the 71st goalie to play a game for Los Angeles, and the 13th to appear in relief in his debut

Out of town scoreboard

Tuesday, November 13

Pittsburgh 2 New Jersey 4

Vancouver 2 NY Islanders 5

Florida 2 Philadelphia 1

Tampa Bay 1 Buffalo 2

Arizona 1 Detroit 6

Washington 5 Minnesota 2

Montreal 2 Edmonton 6

Nashville 4 San Jose 5

More coverage to follow. Image from Sportsnet.

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