TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews and Alexander Kerfoot scored in an 11-2nd span in the third length and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Monday evening.
Matthews’ map proved to be the winner and extended his profession-perfect map straggle to eight video games.
Morgan Rielly also scored for Toronto.
“We purchased far from what’s made us a success,” Kerfoot said. “They took it to us a exiguous bit bit. That’s credit to them, however we surely performed into their hands.”
Frederik Andersen made 31 saves as the Maple Leafs completed a 3-game sweep of struggling Vancouver. Mitch Marner added an aid, extending his point straggle to eight video games.
“That turned into as soon as an gruesome one,” said Matthews, who also extended his point straggle to 10 video games. “Freddie in actuality took regulate of the sport. He turned into as soon as our perfect participant by far tonight, and loyal saved us in it. Those first two sessions, we didn’t in actuality possess an acknowledge.
“They came with a loyal push to originate up, and we loyal didn’t possess our perfect.”
Elias Pettersson scored for Vancouver (6-10-0), which misplaced in regulation for the fifth straight game and closed out its boulevard lumber 1-5-0. Braden Holtby stopped 16 shots for the Canucks.
Vancouver head coach Travis Green said Monday appeared a lot extra adore the group of workers that made the 2nd spherical of final season’s playoffs.
“We performed with a lot extra urgency,” he said. “I don’t know if we can possess performed any better in the first two sessions … maybe deserved to be up.
“Most often when it’s no longer going your formulation, that happens. You would possibly maybe maybe maybe maybe maybe play a terribly loyal game and no longer safe the final result.”
The teams play six extra instances in the NHL’s abbreviated season, with the next conferences establish for March 4 and 6 in Vancouver.
Toronto had beat Vancouver 5-1 on Saturday and 7-3 on Thursday. The Maple Leafs are 7-0-1 over their final eight video games.
“We didn’t in actuality possess any industrial being in that game,” Matthews said. “However we were in a establish to cease with it and safe the two parts.”
NOTES: The Maple Leafs were without winger Wayne Simmonds, who suffered a damaged wrist in the third length of Saturday’s 5-1 victory. The 32-one year-extinct Simmonds had 5 objectives in his final six video games — including two Saturday sooner than the damage.
Canucks: Inaugurate a four-game establish against the Calgary Flames, including three at Rogers Area, on Thursday.
Maple Leafs: At Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
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