Toronto Maple Leafs vs Anaheim Ducks - Game Report - February 4th, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
So, the Leafs finally have their defenceman…
Jake Muzzin notched three points and Andreas Johnsson had two goals and two assists as the Leafs nabbed a 6-1 win at home on Monday night.
William Nylander, who hasn’t met expectations since his contract debacle, and John Tavares both had a goal and an assist in the game for the Leafs, who have now won three straight. Frederik Andersen made 24 saves in the win.
Rickard Rakell scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who have lost four straight games, and have been outscored 23-5 I those four. John Gibson made 30 saves before getting the boot in favour of Chad Johnson after the Leafs fifth goal.
The Leafs opened the scoring in the second period, when Tavares beat Gibson short side to make it 1-0. This was his 31st goal of the season.
Auston Matthews made it 2-0 right after a power play for the Leafs, with a backhand goal off a shot by Muzzin at 13:40 of the second. Muzzin got on the board to make it 3-0 with just 2.2 second s left on the clock. His fifth goal of the year snapped a horrendous 2-for-33 PP skid for the Leafs.
Rackell then got the Ducks on the board at 2:45 of the third frame sending the puck past Andersen’s blocker for his ninth on the year to make it 3-1, but the Leafs answered 31 seconds later with when Connor Brown beat Brandon Montour to the net and put his fifth goal of the year behind Gibson.
Nylander then notched his second point on the night with a goal to make it 5-1 for the Leafs. This was his second point on the night after assisting on Brown’s goal. He previously had a measly one goal and six assists since December.
That would do it for Gibson, who has now been pulled in three straight games. Johnson replaced him and at 14:51 the Johnsson on the other side of the puck put one past him to make it 6-1.