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The Toronto Maple Leafs offence overpowers the Los Angeles Kings


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By Neil Becker


The Toronto Maple Leafs offence showed just how explosive it can be.

Setting a tone for their three game California road swing, the Leafs erupted with four second period goals as they cruised to a 6-2 win on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

In giving the many Leafs fans, including singer Justin Bieber lots to cheer about, the offence saw forwards John Tavares, Austin Matthew along with fourth liner Pierre Engvall have two point performances.

Leafs management had to be especially happy for Engvall’s goal as it was his first since opening night back in October against the Montreal Canadiens. It was also his first multi-point game in his career.

Toronto, who back on November 8th dropped a 5-1 home decision against the Kings, got another solid performance from starting goalie and former Los Angeles King, Jack Campbell who stopped 30 shots.

Early in regulation Toronto generated several scoring opportunities and were rewarded when forward Alex Kerfoot scored inside of five minutes for a 1-0 lead. Overall, the Leafs had 15 first period shots but couldn’t build on that lead.

Los Angeles, who have now dropped their first four of a seven game homestand, capitalized with an early second period power play goal to temporarily tie things up.

The game’s turning point came shortly afterwards when starting at the 3:19 mark, Toronto’s offence struck for four straight goals in just over a 12- minute span to break things open. Scoring first was Engvall followed by Tavares, Matthews and at the 15:36 mark, Jason Spezza on the power play to make it a 5-1 game.

Toronto’s offence was once again rewarded as Michael Bunting capitalized with his 5th, as Toronto would go on to start that three game California road swing with a big two points.

The Leafs next game is Friday, November 26th against the San Jose Sharks with puck drop scheduled for 10:30 p.m.  



4:30 Alexander Kerfoot (3) Ondrej Kase (3), Wayne Simmons (4) 1-0 Toronto over LA



 1:21 PPG- Viktor Arvidsson (3) Sean Durzi (1st), Anze Kopitar (10)     Toronto 1 LA 1

 3 :19   Pierre Engvall (2) Wayne Simmons (5), Rasmus Sandin (5) Toronto 2 LA 1

 5:26    John Tavares (9) William Nylander (10), T.J. Brodie (4)            Toronto 3 LA 1

  13:16 Austin Matthews (8), John Tavares (9), T.J. Brodie (5)           Toronto 4 LA 1

  15 :36 PPG Jason Spezza (4) Rasmus Sandin (6), Pierre Engvall (4)    Toronto 5 LA 1



 3:59 Michael Bunting (5) Rasmus Sandin (7), Austin Matthews (9)   Toronto 6 LA 1

  16:07 PPG Sean Durzi (1) Viktor Arvidsson (4), Adrian Kempe (5)      Toronto 6 LA 2


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