Matthews, Nylander lead Leafs over Kings

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2019

That's why there was some relief to be found in Tuesday's 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings - a game the Leafs looked destined to give away before Auston Matthews broke the dam with seven minutes and change left to play.

John Tavares celebrates a goal by Andreas Johnsson against the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on October 15, 2019. The Leafs went 3-2-2 without him.

Toronto seemed a little lifeless in the offensive zone during the opening period, and the center team had a bad start for the team when Los Angeles forward Alex Iafallo scored the first goal of the game at the 5:40 mark. "I still have talk to the medical staff after today, but I feel pretty good and would like to be in tomorrow".

The game will mark the first time the Leafs have played the Kings since acquiring Muzzin from Los Angeles last January.

"I'd love to have it back", Tavares said.

He had three goals and four assists in eight games in 2019-20 before suffering the injury three weeks ago. "It will be a little different, but it will be fun". "Maybe a little bit, but nothing special".

Toronto, which went 3-2-2 without Tavares, including Saturday's 4-3 shootout victory at Philadelphia that went a team-record 11 rounds, got a power play to start the third after Alec Martinez went off for tripping at the end of the second.

What did Muzzin think of the hit from Capitals forward Tom Wilson, who took a healthy run at the Leafs defenceman and managed to escape without a penalty?

Babcock reiterated that the decision was about giving Petan a look, not to punish either of the players coming out.

"I was not too anxious about any knee issues or anything like that. We're all right though now". But Quick stretched and robbed Matthews off a feed from Mitch Marner.

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) stops Los Angeles Kings centre Tyler Toffoli (73) during first period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Spezza has been scratched in six of the Leafs' first 15 games.

Forechecking winger Zach Hyman remains Toronto's only unavailable player as he continues his rehab from off-season knee surgery.

It was a hand-to-hand play by the 25-year-old player stealing the disc on the blue line and an even better finish.

The Muzzin-Rielly partnership lasted only seven games before Babcock pulled the plug, returning Rielly to the left and Ron Hainsey to his right. I want to keep playing, so I'm going to work and do whatever I can. "If this is the lot I have been dealt, I'm going to try to do well with it".

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