Matthews and Tavares lead Leafs over Bruins | The Canadian News

TORONTO – Auston Matthews and John Tavares each scored two goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs earned their fifth straight victory by defeating the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Saturday night.

Mitch Marner added an empty netter and had three assists for Toronto (7-4-1), while Jack Campbell made 40 saves for the Leafs. Morgan Rielly contributed two assists of his own. Tavares also added an assist.

Taylor Hall and David Pastrnak answered for Boston (5-4-0), which received 31 saves from Linus Ullmark. Brad Marchand had two assists.

The Leafs and Bruins last played on November 15, 2019, a stretch of more than 720 days, when Boston earned a 4-2 win at Scotiabank Arena in the closing days of the Mike Babcock era.

Tied 1-1 at the end of the second period, Toronto’s power play stayed hot as they connected for the fourth straight game. Marner moved to the offensive zone and gave a pass to Matthews, who saw the puck come off his skate, Ullmark’s pad and then return to the star center post to bury his fifth goal of the season with 5:01 per. play.

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Marchand then took a penalty for hitting Leafs defender Timothy Liljegren high with 1:57 remaining in the period to send the home team back to the man advantage.

Matthews quickly made Boston call when he threw a single time from the right side of the short side circle on Ullmark with 66 seconds left to make it 3-1.

The Bruins and their ninth power play had a chance early in the third, with captain Patrice Bergeron and Hall closing in.

But Tavares came out of the penalty area and led Toronto’s counterattack before scoring with a William Nylander setup for his second goal of the night and the team’s sixth-place overall leader at 2:53.

The Bruins got one back at 8:29 when Pastrnak fired his third off Campbell, but the Leafs held their ground before Marner scored at the empty net to secure Toronto’s fifth straight win after losing four in a row.

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The goal was also the 13th in a row by Matthews, Tavares, Marner and Nylander for Toronto.

Boston, which eliminated Toronto from the first round of the playoffs in both 2018 and 2019, opened the scoring with a power play at 8:37 of the first, after Leafs defender Jake Muzzin was out. flagged for game delay following a battle that saw Campbell. net knocked down its moorings.

Coming off a four-goal game Thursday in a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, Bergeron took the first single shot from a Marchand feed that Hall edged out Campbell for his third.

Toronto tied things at 12:21 on a bizarre play that required lengthy review when Tavares hit Marner’s shot for his fifth game of the season, and fourth in the last five games.

The Boston net came loose before the puck crossed the line, but the goal remained because officials ruled that Bergeron caused the displacement, and the puck would have entered the goal under normal circumstances.

The Leafs had a great opportunity to go 1-0 early in the period, but Bergeron, who was in the center of the action for the first 20 minutes, blocked Rielly’s shot in the Boston area with Ullmark out of position.

Campbell then denied Matt Grzelcyk’s blast at the other end before David Kampf cleared Craig Smith’s follow-up opportunity in the sequence that led to the game delay infraction by Muzzin and Hall’s starter.

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Notes: Leafs defender Justin Holl was a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game. … Toronto wraps up its five-game home run on Monday against the Los Angeles Kings. … Boston hosts the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

This Canadian Press report was first published on November 6, 2021.


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