Toronto Maple Leafs vs New Jersey Devils Game Report Dec 18th, 2018
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
By the end of the first period on Tuesday night, Nazem Kadri and Auston Matthews had two points each. And the Leafs weren’t done there. All four lines showed up for Toronto who put on a spectacle in front of the New Jersey Devils and coming out with a whopping 7-2 win. On Tuesday night
John Tavares, Patrick Marleau and Matthews all had goals within the first 13 minutes, while Kadri ended up matching his career high with three assists in the game. Mitch Marner and Morgan Riley added goals in the second, while Tyler Ennis closed out the game with two goals in the third for the Leafs, who have now won the last seven of 11 games. Frederik Andersen made 27 stops in the win for Toronto who came out of their five game road trip with a 2-2-1 record.
Sami Vatanen and Nico Hischier scored for the Devils, who are 3-6-6 in their last 15 games.
Toronto opened the scoring at 6:01 of the first when Matthews sent a pass to Kadri who found Tavares coming down the middle for his 21th goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later, it was Matthews turn to score, burying a loose puck into the Devils net. After a challenge by the Devils, the call stood and Matthews had his 17th goal of the season to make it 2-0 Leafs.
The Devils got into trouble when Vatanen and goalie Keith Kinkaid mishandled a pass by Kadri from the sideboard. That puck ended up with Marleau who netted it at 6:22 to make it 3-0 Leafs.
Vatanen got the Devils on the board with 1:16 left in the first with a slapper to make it 3-1 Leafs at the end of one.
Marner extended the Lead in the second period tapping in a rebound from Tavares’ shot that hit the goalpost to make it 4-1. Morgan Rielly got on the board with less than a second left in the period to make it 5-1.
Hischier scored with just over six left in the game for the Devils to make it 5-2, but Ennis’ two goals two minutes apart sealed the 7-2 win for Toronto.