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Hot Maple Leafs pour it on 6-2 against sliding Kings

Field Level Media
25 Nov 2021, 16:05 GMT+10

John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Pierre Engvall each had a goal and an assist for the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs in a 6-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

Alexander Kerfoot, Jason Spezza and Michael Bunting also scored, Rasmus Sandin had three assists, and Jack Campbell made 30 saves for Toronto, which has won 12 of 14.

Sean Durzi had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut, Viktor Arvidsson also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 32 saves for the Kings, who have lost five in a row following a seven-game winning streak.

Toronto showed its speed early when Kerfoot scored on a backhand off the rush for a 1-0 lead at 4:30 of the first period.

Arvidsson tied it 1-1 when he deflected a point shot from Durzi at 1:21 of the second period.

The Maple Leafs took over from there, scoring four straight goals in the second period to build a 5-1 lead entering the third.

Wayne Simmonds centered the puck to Engvall off a 4-on-3 rush and he scored into the open side of the net for a 2-1 lead at 3:19.

Tavares scored his ninth of the season when he deflected a shot past Quick to make it 3-1 at 5:26.

Matthews, who led the NHL with 41 goals in 52 games last season, scored his eighth of the season at 13:16 to make it 4-1. Tavares brought the puck out from behind the Los Angeles net and fed Matthews on the other side for the redirection.

Los Angeles killed the first two Toronto penalties, but Spezza capitalized on the third when he scored on a slap shot from the top of the right circle for a 5-1 lead at 15:36.

The Maple Leafs scored six goals for the first time this season shortly after Quick made a diving stick save on Sandin, but Bunting scored the rebound to make it 6-1 at 3:59 of the third period.

Durzi scored on a power play to make it 6-2 with 3:52 left.

--Field Level Media

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