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The Los Angeles Kings flew out of the blocks in their win over the Toronto Maple Leafs but had to hold on late to match the best start in their history.
The Kings took a staggering 5-0 lead when Toffoli scored his second goal of the second period at 16:32. Goals from Tyler Toffoli (2), Tanner Pearson with three assists, and Michael Amadio scored his first NHL goal to help Los Angeles to a 5-3 win against the Maple Leafs at Staples Center on Thursday.
“I think we came out right away and we played really hard and played fast and played our game” said Los Angeles forward Adrian Kempe, who had chipped in with an assist on the night.
Auston Matthews scored his 10th goal which happened to be his first NHL penalty shot, and Curtis McElhinney made 23 saves for the Maple Leafs (8-6-0), who are having a horrid time of late, with four losses in their past five games. Morgan Rielly and Connor Brown each got on the score sheet.
The Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner spoke to reporters after the game where naturally a lot of the attention was on their recent struggles.
“We’ve got so much skill up front, so if we can just limit the turnovers we’ll be fine”.
Rangers win in OT!
J.T. Miller scored barely a minute into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Thursday.
Miller showed supreme composure to give the Rangers their second successive win as he skated around Lightning forwards Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point, cut across the top of the crease, and lifted a shot over goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Rangers’ captain, Ryan McDonagh was naturally thrilled after the game due to the manner of the win. “This was probably the most full game we played from start of the game to the end…… this is definitely something that we can fall back on to when things aren’t going our way.
We have to look to continue to keep that effort when we play [the Florida Panthers on Saturday]”.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Kreider finished a 3-on-1 after New York forced a turnover in the neutral zone. Gourde tied the game 1-1 with a shorthanded goal in the second period.
However, crucially Point made a pass to Victor Hedman to start a 2-on-1 and Gourde’s wrist shot went past Lundqvist on the stick side to secure the win. “We deserved to win, we played a real strong game from the start to the finish”, said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.
“Our defensive game as a whole was solid. Our structure was good. We made a couple of nice plays with the puck”.
Capitals sneak past the Islanders!
The Capitals ended a three-game losing streak at home as Lars Eller scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, to lift the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory against the New York Islanders at Capital One Arena on Thursday.
Taylor Chorney and Alex Chiasson also got on the score sheet for Washington as Chandler Stephenson provided two assists. “Sometimes you have some games where most things are just going right for you” Eller said.
“And I think tonight was one of those games for our line. We even could’ve had a couple more. A lot of good things to build on”.
Chorney gave the Capitals the lead in the first period with his first goal of the season.
Tavares tied it during a power-play goal minutes later the first. New York have been serious efficient during the Power plays of late with a record of 7-for-14 with the man-advantage in its past three games.
Eller made it 2-1 three minutes later when he converted a pass from Stephenson in the slot. His power-play goal at 16:18 of the second period tied the game at 2-2, but it took 12 seconds for Chiasson to halt that momentum and put Washington back ahead 3-2 after a pass from John Carlson.
The win was secured when a point shot hit Lee in the skates 29 feet in front of the net and he reacted the quickest to fire a shot past Holtby.