Lucas Viveiros | Report

The Toronto Maple Leafs made easy work of the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday evening, scoring a touchdown in a 7-2 victory.

Toronto came out hungry, testing Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid early and often. The Maple Leafs were able to grasp the lead just over six minutes into the game, on a three-on-one lead by the Buds top three centre icemen. Auston Matthews would drop the puck for John Tavares who would play a give and go with Nazem Kadri and finish for his 21st goal of the season.

The Buds would quickly strike again to make it 2-0, as Auston Matthews would crash the net on a Nikita Zaitsev shot and slam home the rebound for his 17th goal of the campaign.

Patrick Marleau would also get in on the action by scoring his 544th career marker, placing him 30th on the all-time list beside Maurice Richard, and making it 3-0 Leafs.

New Jersey would show some life 18:44 into the first, with a bomb from Sami Vatanen, cutting the lead to 3-1.

But Toronto would assert their dominance just 1:45 into the second, as after a bar-down and out shot from John Tavares, Mitch Marner would chip the rebound home to make it a 4-1 Leaf advantage.

The Devils had their chances to work their way back into this game, but Freddy Andersen would be up to the task, most notability on his breakaway stop against leading Devils goalscorer, Kyle Palmieri midway through the second.

The Maple Leafs would then put this game out of reach scoring a near buzzer beater prior to the second intermission, as Morgan Rielly would clap home a one-timer at the top of the circle to make it 5-1 Toronto.

Former Canadian World Junior goaltender, MacKenzie Blackwood would get the call for the Devils in the third period, playing in his first ever NHL action and making his first NHL save on a Zach Hyman breakaway.

Devils super sophomore, Nico Hischier would find the twine on a beauty pass out front from former MVP, Taylor Hall, to make the score a little less insulting at 5-2.

But the Leafs weren’t all but done there, as Tyler Ennis would score two goals past Blackwood just over two minutes apart to put the final stamp on the victory.

Toronto would take the game by a final of 7-2 over New Jersey.

Revisit the game’s highlights below.

Next, the Maple Leafs will host the Florida Panthers from Toronto on Thursday night.

Puck drop is set for 7:00pm from Scotiabank Arena, and can be viewed on Sportsnet.

More news from the ice

  • The Maple Leafs are now 13-5-1 on the road this season
  • Patrick Marleau’s goal was his 544th of his career, tying him for number 30 on the all-time list with Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens
  • The Leafs 22 wins are tied for the most in franchise history through the first 34 games of a season
  • Devils Taylor Hall returned to the lineup after missing two games with a lower-body injury

Out of town scoreboard

Tuesday December 18th

Florida 5 Buffalo 2

Anaheim 1 NY Rangers 3

Detroit 2 Philadelphia 3

San Jose 4 Minnesota 0

Nashville 1 Chicago 2

Calgary 0 Dallas 2

St. Louis 4 Edmonton 1

NY Islanders 3 Arizona 1

Tampa Bay 5 Vancouver 2

Winnipeg 1 Los Angeles 4

More coverage to follow. Image SB Nation.

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