The Toronto Maple Leafs are only five games into the season but it seems that every time they hit the ice, Mr. Matthews feels the need to remind the world that he's pretty alright at the sport. The overall physicality was lacking on both sides, but the Leafs forwards weren't jumping out of their zone too quickly looking for stretch passes and overall supported their back end better, which led to more positive plays through the neutral zone and winning the possession battle at 52 per cent.
"Nice", Matthews said after scoring twice for a league-leading nine goals to help Toronto beat Detroit 5-3 Thursday night. On John Klingberg's goal, Dallas' fourth, Andersen looked to have his stick tied up by Benn in front of the net, but the Leafs' challenge on the play was unsuccessful and briefly made it a one-goal game in the third before Toronto took over. He also has four assists and joined Sweeny Schriner (1944-45) as the only Maple Leafs to score a goal and have multiple points in the first six games of the season.
First-year Stars coach Jim Montgomery is pleased with his team's performance thus far but remains ever vigilant for complacency creeping into their game.
Aided by three power plays, the Blackhawks dominated the first period. Seguin posted his second straight four-point game.
Soon after Jensen's second goal, Matthews took advantage of a power play by scoring his second goal of the game.
The Stars had 17 giveaways by 12 different players. While they have had no struggles scoring goals, the Stars have also been excellent defensively with just one goal allowed through their first two wins.
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"Their speed and their creativity forced those mistakes", Montgomery said. You're good at hockey. Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly were also big contributors with four points each in the win (a new career high for Rielly), as Toronto earned back-to-back victories for the first time this season.
Toronto (2-1-0, 4 points) has gotten both wins in overtime, the latest Sunday night at United Center in a free-wheeling 7-6 defeat of the Chicago Blackhawks. He is the third player in franchise history to score in its first five games of a season. Connor Brown added an empty-net goal at 16:40.
The Leafs entered Tuesday's second period clinging to a one-goal lead. In 62 games previous year, he only found the back of the net five times on the man advantage.
Toronto has relied heavily on its top scorers through its first three games.
Tavares and Matthews have scored 13 goals between them to start the season, while the rest of the Leafs combined have scored seven.