Maple Leafs bury Avalanche with eight goals

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  • Colorado Avalanche
    Colorado Avalanche
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
    Toronto Maple Leafs
  • William Nylander
    William Nylander
    Canadian-Swedish ice hockey player
  • Mitchell Marner
    Mitchell Marner
    Canadian ice hockey player
  • John Tavares
    John Tavares
    Canadian ice hockey player

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The Toronto Maple Leafs returned home on Wednesday from a successful four-game road trip and buried the Colorado Avalanche for the team’s fifth straight win. Toronto has gone 15-2-0 in their past 17, which includes a five-game win streak.

The team has been praised for their defense and goaltending, which have helped the Leafs post the second-best goals against per game played (2.17) in the NHL, but the offense has been catching up recently.

Auston Matthews scored his fourth NHL hat trick in Toronto’s 8-3 win over Colorado on Wednesday night. Mitch Marner had two assists, while John Tavares had a three-point effort (one goal, two assists) and William Nylander generated two points (one goal, one assist). All four players have topped the 20-point plateau this campaign. Only the Washington Capitals have as many players with 20 or more points.

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The Rangers won for a fourth straight time on Wednesday, while extending the winless skid of the Flyers to seven games.

Igor Shesterkin stopped 33 shots for his 12th win of the season. He has won his last four appearances, which includes a relief outing.

Jacob Trouba opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 3:41 of the first period.

Dryden Hunt added to the lead shortly later with his third goal of the year. He has two goals and three points in the past two games.

Chris Kreider got his 16th goal of 2021-22 just 34 seconds into the second stanza.

Morgan Frost got his first goal to get the Flyers on the board. He has two points in four matches at the NHL level this year.

Artemi Panarin sealed the win for the Rangers with an empty-netter. He also earned a helper in the contest.

Kaapo Kakko registered a pair of primary assists, while Nils Lundkvist, Adam Fox and Mika Zibanejad got on the scoresheet for New York with one assist apiece.

Cam Atkinson and Claude Giroux had the helpers on Frost’s goal.

Carter Hart surrendered three goals on 27 shots in the defeat. He has gone winless in his past four starts (0-3-1).


The Maple Leafs have won five consecutive contests following a blowout win over the Avalanche.

Auston Matthews led the way with a hat trick. He has six goals and one assist during a four-game point spree.

John Tavares accounted for one goal and two assists. He has four straight multi-point performances. The Leafs captain has three goals and six helpers over that span.

Michael Bunting chipped in three assists to stretch his point streak to five games. He has two goals and seven helpers during that time.

Mitch Marner and Alexander Kerfoot had two apples each, while Nick Ritchie, Wayne Simmonds, Jake Muzzin, Morgan Rielly and T.J. Brodie posted one assist apiece.

William Nylander notched one goal and one assist, while Jason Spezza and Travis Dermott had the other tallies for Toronto.

Nazem Kadri potted a pair goals for Colorado and Samuel Girard had the other.

Nathan MacKinnon recorded two helpers in his return to the lineup from an eight-game absence due to a lower-body injury.

Valeri Nichushkin, Logan O’Connor, Gabriel Landeskog and Jack Johnson got the scoresheet for the Avalanche with an assist each.

Jonas Johansson yielded eight goals on 41 shots following an unexpected start. Darcy Kuemper was supposed to play, but he ended up not being available because of an upper-body injury.

Jack Campbell blocked 28 shots for his 13th win of the season. He has been victorious in his past three outings.


The Canucks have won two games in a row for just the second time this year following a blowout win over the Senators.

Quinn Hughes compiled four assists in the match after he had four assists in his previous 10 appearances.

J.T. Miller had a multi-point night as well with one goal and two assists.

Tanner Pearson opened the scoring just 1:38 into the first frame.

Adam Gaudette found the back of the net in his Ottawa debut after he was claimed off waivers from Chicago.

Tyler Motte and Luke Schenn lit the lamp in the second period, while Bo Horvat, Alex Chiasson (power play) scored in the third.

Brady Tkachuk cut the Senators’ deficit to 5-2 in the third period with his fifth goal of the year.

Conor Garland supplied two helpers in the match, while Schenn, Elias Pettersson, Kyle Burroughs, Josh Norris and Connor Brown, Chris Tierney and Victor Mete had one each.

Thatcher Demko shielded 19 shots for his eighth victory of the campaign.

Filip Gustavsson stopped 29 of 35 shots in the loss. He has lost his past three starts, while allowing six goals against twice.

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The Red Wings have won four straight games following a close game against an undermanned Kraken squad.

Dylan Larkin picked up two assist in the match. He set up Robby Fabbri’s power-play goal and Lucas Raymond’s 10th of the year. Larkin also scored one of Detroit’s two goals in the shootout.

Vladislav Namestnikov had the other goal for the Red Wings.

Ryan Donato buried two goals to give him three in his last three outings and five on the season.

Vince Dunn netted a power-play goal for Seattle in the second period for his first since Oct. 23 in the team’s home opener.

Moritz Seider earned two helpers, while Alexander Wennberg, Yanni Gourde, Joonas Donskoi, Marcus Johansson, Jamie Oleksiak, Pius Suter and Jordan Oesterle had one each.

Thomas Greiss stopped 21 of 24 shots to snap his three-game losing streak. He has five wins in 11 starts this season.

Philipp Grubauer blocked 23 of 26 shots in the loss.


The Ducks have won two straight games on back-to-back nights after holding on to defeat the Golden Knights on Wednesday.

Trevor Zegras and Sonny Milano assisted on three goals apiece. They combined to set up goals by Rickard Rakell, Hampus Lindholm and Jamie Drysdale in the match.

Troy Terry’s 15th goal of the season and Josh Manson’s second were part of a four-goal second period for Anaheim.

William Carrier and Zach Whitecloud (shorthanded) found the back of the net for Vegas in the second stanza.

Mattias Janmark (shorthanded), Max Pacioretty (power play) and Reilly Smith (power play) found the back of the net for the Golden Knights in the third, but the comeback fell short.

Isac Lundestrom’s shorthanded empty-netter held up as the game winner for the Ducks.

Drsydale, Pacioretty and Janmark added an assist each for multi-point efforts, while Sam Steel, Alex Pietrangelo, Shea Theodore, Mark Stone, Michael Amadio and Brett Howden posted a helper apiece.

Anthony Stolarz made 34 saves on 39 shots in the victory. The Anaheim backup has won his last three starts.

Robin Lehner surrendered five goals on 33 shots in the defeat. He has lost his last two outings.


The Oilers won for a third straight time and extended the Penguins’ winless skid to three consecutive contests in the process.

Connor McDavid led the charge offensively with one goal and three assists.

McDavid set up a pair of goals by Zach Hyman in the first period before getting another primary helper in the third on a score by Evan Bouchard. He produced his 15th goal of the season into empty net to round out the scoring.

Kailer Yamamoto had the other goal for Edmonton in the match.

Jake Guentzel extended his point streak to 11 games with a goal in the first frame for Pittsburgh. He has seven goals and five assists during that span.

Teddy Blueger also lit the lamp for the Penguins in the loss.

Bouchard, Leon Draisaitl, Jesse Puljujarvi, Kris Russell, Tyson Barrie, John Marino, Kris Letang, Sidney Crosby and Evan Rodrigues contributed one assist apiece.

Zach Aston-Reese had a game-high eight hits.

Mikko Koskinen turned aside 32 shots for his third straight win and his 12th of the season.

Tristan Jarry allowed four goals on 21 shots in the defeat. He had held the opposition to two goals or fewer for seven consecutive games prior to Wednesday’s match.