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Maple Leafs feed on Sharks in Matthews’ return

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday evening by a final score of 5-3.



Lucas Viveiros | Report

Auston Matthews picked up right where he left off in Wednesday’s Maple Leaf victory over the San Jose Sharks, as the Buds took the game 5-3. 

It only took Auston three minutes and 27 seconds back to make his impact felt, as he sauced a beautiful feed to set up John Tavares’ ice breaker on the power-play. Following the goal, Tavares looked shocked at just how perfect of a pass Matthews set him up with to make the game 1-0.

San Jose would storm back with a power-play marker of their own a little over seven minutes later, as Tomas Hertl would beat Andersen all alone in front of the net to naught the game at one.

But under a minute after Hertl’s tally Auston Matthews would score in his return, sniping a laser beam over the blocker of goalie Aaron Dell to put Toronto ahead 2-1.

See the beauty of a shot below.

The Maple Leafs weren’t done there in the first, as with under 17 seconds to play Mitch Marner would break his stick, quickly grab a new one from the bench and find John Tavares all alone for an easy tap in to give the Leafs a 3-1 lead heading into the intermission.

Check out the insane play below.

The dominate Leaf power-play would continue to torch the Sharks in the second when former long time Shark, Patrick Marleau would blast one high glove on Dell to give the Leafs a three goal cushion.

San Jose would get one back to cut the lead to two at 4:18 of the middle frame courtesy Joe Pavelski, on a blast of a one timer that Andersen got a piece of, but just not enough.

The two clubs would trade third period goals from Auston Matthews and Melker Karlsson, as the Buds would go onto win the game 5-3.

Next, the Maple Leafs will travel to Saint Paul to visit Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Puck drop is set for 7:00pm from Xcel Energy Center, and can be viewed on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

More news from the ice

  • A few minutes before the 5:00pm deadline on Saturday, the Maple Leafs announced that William Nylander had re-signed for $41.4 million over six years ($6.9 average annual value)
  • Auston Matthews has scored in all four career games where he has returned from an injury
  • With his second period goal, Patrick Marleau now has scored against all 31 NHL franchises

Out of town scoreboard

Wednesday, November 28

St. Louis 3 Detroit 4

Anaheim 3 Florida 2

Dallas 4 Calgary 3 (OT)

Pittsburgh 3 Colorado 6

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