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Matthews stays hot as Maple Leafs beat Canucks 5-1 to create more misery for Vancouver

TORONTO – Auston Matthews has never had a run like this in the NHL. And in doing so, the Maple Leafs star helped add more misery to a hitting opponent and looked again for answers. Matthews scored two goals – including a stunning finish that turned out to be almost nothing – to extend his streak to the top seven straight games on Saturday as Toronto beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-1. “I try to have the same mindset about whether the puck comes in or not,” said the 23-year-old – Old Center, who also buried a couple in Thursday’s 7-3 win against Vancouver and increasingly about the success of one Teammates than wants to talk about his own. With the Leafs already 1-0 in the first half, Matthews stepped past Canucks defender Jalen Chatfield in the blink of an eye before reconsidering the puck shortside on Braden Holty to extend his streak. “This goal … it’s moving so quickly that I don’t think anyone on the ice was really ready for it,” said Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said. “How quickly he went from defender to net … it was impressive.” I think in those two games we played here he could have had four or five. He really felt it. “Wayne Simmonds with two of their own and Zach Hyman with one goal and one assist set the rest of the offensive for Toronto (9-2-1). Frederik Andersen, who was just over two minutes before the registration of his first shutout of the season, ended with 27 saves. Mitch Marner added three assists to expand his points streak to seven games, while Mikko Lehtonen brought in two more for his first two-point night in the NHL. Toronto is now 7-0-1 over his last eight and is at the head of the North Division with 19 points, one better than the Montreal Canadiens. “We control the puck well,” said Marner. “If that happens, it’s a good sign from us. “It was also a very bad sign for Vancouver (6-9-0) who scored a late goal from Brock Boeser as he lost a fourth straight game this week.” We have to expect a little more from ourselves, “said Holtby, who made 26 stops.” As a group we have to be much better. “The Canucks have now scored the worst 60 goals in the NHL in 2020/21 and given up at least five against nine goals.” Everything looks difficult for our team, “said Travis Green, Vancouver head coach.” Easy games look tough right now. “It’s not easy, and maybe that’s a little mental.” The teams will play seven more times in the shortened season of the NHL, including Monday in a fanless Scotiabank Arena COVID-19 logs to conclude this three-game set. Green was looking for a spark and united the “Lotto Line” of Boeser (No. 6), Elias Pettersson (No. 40) and JT Miller (No. 9). Vancouver winger Loui Eriksson, gave in the fifth season of the Albatross The $ 36 million six-year deal made his 2020-21 debut along with Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson. The Canucks who qualified for the second round of the 2019-20 pandemic – The late playoffs ahead of a series of off-season changes n, when key veterans were left in the open, were again far from good enough compared to the soaring Leaf. Toronto opened the scoring at 4:42 a.m. of the first when its deadly power game, which has now hit 11 of its 12 games, went to work. Simmonds took a pass from Marner alongside Das Netz and, with the cross-ice option for Matthews taken away by a defender, instead covered his fourth goal of the season off the crossbar. “I’ve seen that goal a couple of times,” said Marner of the veteran winger’s end. “It’s impressive to see it with my own eyes tonight.” Simmonds then hit two posts on the same shift as Vancouver, which recorded no shot attempt until Justin Bailey Andersen forced a save with Pettersson almost nine minutes left, who ended one Power play towards the end of the period would find Eisen had the chance of a partial break. Andersen turned away before Matthews went to work on his ninth to extend that hot goal run great, “Marner said of his glowing linemate.” If you give him time and space, it’s usually a target. “The Leafs Made it 3-0 at 7:36 am when Marner stepped into the Vancouver zone and found Lehtonen, who gave Hyman a great pass. The Canucks showed some life later that time, and Andersen saved well against Nils Hoglander. Miller shot then a one-timer who defeated the Leafs netminder, but Toronto rightly challenged offside. Matthews, who played second fiddle to Jason Spezza on Thursday and whose veteran recorded his first hat-trick in nearly five years, added four to his team his tenth at 1:28 of the third as he passed Miller on Holtby’s clearing attempt before firing a five-hole fire. “How powerful he can be and how smart he is, it’s fun to watch,” Anders said en. “It’s nice to see he’s as dominant as he is.” Simmonds, who quit the game after taking a shot later that time, aggravated Vancouver’s pain 1:48 later when he made his fifth shot Lehtonen, who was included in the line-up with Travis Dermott (leg) injured, fell home. Boeser spoiled Andersen’s bid for exclusion when he scored his sixth goal in a distraction with 2:04 in regulation to a man advantage from Canucks. But that did little to help. The Leafs’ mood after another dominant performance was bad. “We’ve been consistent across the board,” said Matthews, who has already scored double-digit goals despite missing a game with a hand injury. “I don’t think we made big mistakes.” We stuck to it. Notes: Matthews, who scored in six consecutive games at the start of the 2018/19 season, is the first Leafs player to score in seven consecutive competitions since Wendel Clark and Dave Andreychuk in 1993-94. … Bailey got dressed for the first time this season. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on February 6, 2021. Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

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