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
More coverage to follow. Image from nhl.com