The Maple Leafs kept on their California road, defeating San Jose Sharks, 5-3, on Thursday for their second victory. Led by two goals a night Kasperi Kapanen, Toronto broke his strike down five games in San Jose with a balanced offensive attack and a 42 rescue performance Frederik Andersen. Books move to 13-6-0 on season.
Kapanen back in action
Kasperi Kapanen without scoring a goal in November when he gave the Leafs to San Jose, but in less than a period, he restored the wing to touch idle scoring and blew the drought of a seven-game goal. Both sides played four after four Patrick Marleau have taken advantage of a two-to-one opportunity with a cross-ice trip in the Sharks zone for Kapanen to bury past Martin Jones. That marker, his eighth season, was the first goal Kapanen was scored since joining the second line Marleau on the Leafs Nazem Kadri following her old mean Auston MatthewsAnd shoulder injury on October 27.
He has become an old hat for Kapanen in his short NHL career to use good speed and vision to produce a lot of breaking opportunities, but he had not recently finished any such opportunities. That changed in the second frame when Kapanen came off short by hand by Mitch Marner, and put a ticket on Jones to give the Leafs a 4-3 lead.
The score would be the winner of the Leafs game, and Kapanen gave his second release of two goals of the season, after he made a pair against Los Angeles Kings back on October 15. It could have been found was older before the end of Thursday, but Jones managed to trace the third Kapanen period to try it perfectly and to stop trying to catch a hat.
Kapanen did not just score Toronto for the Sharks too. Using its speed, Kapanen held the Sharks off balance in their own, won foot races, negating icings, and started the screening down low to start the Leafs. The game finished with four goals on goal at 20:06 on ice time.
First taste of victory (in San Jose)
Since starting his NHL career in the 2013-14 season, Frederik Andersen He has never won a game on the road in San Jose leading to a Thursday competition. He lost five straight games in the Sharks building with the Anaheim Duchess of 2013-16, and two immediately with the Books after that. At the beginning of the latest game, the Sharks once again made their construction a difficult place for Andersen to succeed, but at the end it was better with 42 high-term savings and .933 saved a percentage.
The watchman on a hot streak went into the night, without allowing him more than two goals against his previous eight initials. Andersen drove back to Sharks during the first time only – first to Kevin Labanc a bad misinterpretation of play by Andersen, then i Joe Pavelski during power 5-on-3, and then i Marc-Edouard Vlasic Hurry-to-go. But when the Books came out for the second phase turned 3-2, Andersen was settled again, and was able to turn away to everyone who was the rest of the road.
After Toronto's controlled possession for most second frame, 62% stressed that San Jose, particularly difficult in the third phase, occupied 64 per cent, but Andersen traces the disorder in her surroundings and resisting the physical presence of Sharks around her destination.
Andersen even reached the scoring sheet, when he sent a spectacular air past Mitch Marner on the blue line Sharks & # 39; who sent the bone down to Jones to seal the victory to Toronto with 5-3 children in the third. He won a rare smell of more preserved belts, which led the NHL with 11 winners.
Tavares gets streaking
In the absence of Matthews over the last eight games for the Leafs, John Tavares has run on the most constant and most intense running with the team so far. Following a three-point game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Tavares kept the points to come with the opening goal of the game in San Jose, banking a hole gateway past Jones after the first first power to Leafs to end
That team stretched the Tavares point to seven games with ten points (five goals, five assistants) since he started on November 1, and gave him four straight goals with a goal.
The center, which met with Sharks during the free agent agents last summer as a provider, has had enough success against San Jose in the past – in 12 previous career meetings with & # 39; The Sharks before Thursday, Tavares registered 16 points (four goals, 12 help). His line with Marner a Zach Hyman finished with 58 per cent of team's best possession.
Depth of success
Scoring depth has not been a strength of the Leafs every season, but in recent games the third and fourth team line is a contributing factor more and more. On Thursday, Mike Babcock thought that there was a third Leafs unit Par Lindholm, The Connor Brown a Andreas Johnsson were "the best they have been" with six combined shots on goal (but no points), but here is the fourth line Josh Leive, The Tyler Ennis a Frederik Gauthier That really really explained, on the scoring sheet and with some quality scoring chances.
Broadcasting in a 12-game drought (and eight-point point drought) itself, Leivo was especially looking to turn the tide in San Jose, and he did with the help of Ennis. The line competitors took a two-to-one opportunity in the second phase, where Ennis fed Leivo's tape-to-tape to the highest shelf fire on Jones. Gauthier won an assistant on the play, his first point of any kind this season.
The goal was the second goal of Leivo alone of the year, and even to be a strength, but it has the potential to be a sign of a more offensive production to come. Being a fourth line skater has not been an ideal spot for lightweight like Leivo who wants more production, but as he and his accompaniment have developed strong chemistry, all of their games has improved steadily, and Leivo was able to win some of that prize.
As the game went against the Sharks, the fourth line continued to play well. Later in the second phase after Leivo's goal, the party returned to Ennis by putting it on top with a green trip, but this time Jones was there to make the rescue. Leivo and Ennis started together for five goals.
Marleau milestone warns
With help on the Kapanen goal, Marleau not only scored his first point against the team, spent 19 teams playing in San Jose, but it meant that the age of 39 had registered at least one point against all 31 NHL clubs.
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Toronto is growing its way on the four-way roads on Friday in Anaheim.