Toronto Maple Leafs 3, LA Kings 1
William Nylander and Auston Matthews scored 30 seconds apart in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Los Angels Kings 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
Alexander Kerfoot scored the other goal for the Leafs. Toronto also got 24 stops from Frederik Andersen. Matthews and Nylander each had an assist apiece.
John Tavares was back in the lineup for the Maple Leafs after he had missed the last seven games with a broken finger.
Alex Iafallo replied for the Kings. Meanwhile, Jonathan Quick made 20 saves.
Matthews snapped a 1-1 tie with 7:24 left in regulation time, when Andreas Johnsson sent a pass in front that went off Nylander and right to the Leafs’ centre. He buried the chance to scored his 12th goal of the season.
With fans at Scotiabank Arena still celebrating, Nylander moved in on a 2-on-1 with Matthews and outwaited Quick and Kings defenceman Sean Walker before roofing his fourth at 6:54.
However, LA had opened the scoring at 5:40 of the second with Kerfoot in the penalty box for interference when Anze Kopitar’s initial shot off the end boards popped out the other side to Iafall. He then quickly tucked his fifth behind Andersen.
The Leafs got even with 6:31 left in the same period when Walker turned the puck over just as teammates Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis collided in the defensive zone. The space cleared for Kerfoot. He moved in alone and fired his fifth past Quick.
Toronto defenceman Jake Muzzin was acquired from the Kings in January for winger Carl Grundstrom, prospect Sean Durzi and a 2019 first-round pick. He was playing his first game against his former team and took a penalty late in the second for interference.