Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Minnesota Wild 2
Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs overcame another slow start to a match to down the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Tuesday evening.
Also, Andreas Johnsson had a goal and an assist, while John Tavares and Auston Matthews also scored for the Maple Leafs. Meanwhile, Frederik Andersen made 27 saves.
Morgan Rielly added four assists for Toronto in the second period to tie a franchise record set by Rick Vaive in 1984, for the most by a Leafs player in a regular-season period.
Gerald Mayhew and Luke Kunin replied for the Wild. Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves. Minnesota had beaten the Ottawa Senators 2-0 in the nation’s capital Monday afternoon for their first win of the season.
After falling behind early for the sixth time in seven games, Toronto exploded with four goals in the second period.
Tavares got things going at 1:58 when he wired a slapshot off the post and in on Dubnyk for his second of the season.
Marner then gave the Leafs their first lead on a power play at 7:17 when he took a no-look pass from Johnsson down low and fired a shot through the pads that Dubnyk could only get a piece of for his third.
Johnsson batted a puck out of the air in Dubnyk’s crease at 8:29 as the Leafs connected on two of their first three power-play opportunities.
The home side then went 4-1 up at 13:05 when Matthews scored his seventh on a clever give-and-go with Marner off the rush by burying his own rebound after Dubnyk had made the initial stop.
Mayhew capped his NHL debut for the Wild by scoring late. But, Toronto improved to 2-2-1 at home and picked up their first victory at the Scotiabank Arena since beating Ottawa in the season opener.